LA police station cameras flawed, audit finds

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Los Angeles Police Department Chief of Detectives Charlie Beck

The Los Angeles Police Commission re-appoints LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to another five year term. (AP photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – After an independent audit highlighted flaws in Los Angeles police stations’ security video, police Chief Charlie Beck says cameras will be repaired and training will improve.

City News Service reports Beck told the Police Commission on Tuesday that recession-era budget cuts have prevented improvements to the department’s video monitoring system.
The security camera audit was conducted by the Office of the Inspector General and found that some of the department’s 21 stations have cameras that work poorly or don’t function at all.
The audit, which was released Monday, found that areas used to hold those in custody had limited coverage by security cameras, and footage was archived for an average of 30 days.

The report also noted that staffers were insufficiently trained to use the security cameras.

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