City of Del Mar temporarily discontinues use of body camera program

The City of Del Mar issued the following statement Sept. 27:

“Following a recent California Public Records Act request for a copy of a video of an incident that was captured on the City’s Park Ranger’s body camera, the City of Del Mar has temporarily discontinued use of the body camera program.

“The City began use of the body camera in 2012 in an effort to enhance transparency between the Park Ranger program and the community. While the body camera has been a useful tool for the City’s Park Ranger, the City is currently reviewing the body camera program and procedures for all of its applications. In the interim, the City has discontinued use of the body camera until this review is completed.

“The City employs a Park Ranger to supplement public safety services in Del Mar. The Park Ranger is responsible for enforcing Del Mar Municipal Code regulations and State laws in the City’s parks and beaches. The City’s Park Ranger works cooperatively with the San Diego County Sheriff to protect and serve Del Mar residents, businesses, and visitors.”

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