Body-worn cameras on track for June deployment

VICTORVILLE — A body-worn camera pilot program at two sheriff’s stations, including Apple Valley, is on track to begin in June, an official said Tuesday, marking a rapid ascension toward deployment only three weeks after county policy makers approved the year-long test run.

“It’s moving pretty quick,” San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Project Team Leader Neil Slawson said during a presentation to the Victorville Rotary Club.

On March 7, county Supervisors approved an 18-month, $122,000 contract with Georgia-based Utility Associates Inc. for 80 cameras between Apple Valley and Highland stations — an ample timeframe to enable groundwork to be laid before patrol deputies actually begin wearing the Android-powered devices and to allow for post-deployment assessments.