From the Arizona Republic / AzCentral.com today:
I have always contended that cameras are good for all parties. They provide transparency and, inasmuch, increase the public faith in the system. They help keep the police honest, but inversely, they can also support the police when an accused is asserting police misconduct. They are a win win for everybody and all police should have them.
Unfortunately, here in Tucson, video evidence is rare. Only a small handful of the police force have video in their cars. Half the time, those officers with the video fail to use it. The Pima County Sheriff's Department doesn't have it and seems to have no plan to obtain it. The Department of Public Safety has limited video.
Oro Valley and Marana police departments, on the other hand, make extensive use of video recording. It is good to see that at least a few of the agencies here in Pima County are taking advantage of the technology.