2 Calif. PDs announce use of body camera analytics platform

Truleo's platform will help the agencies automatically review and analyze bodycam footage for insights into police-community relations


By Police1 Staff

CHICAGO — The police departments in Alameda and Vallejo, California, announced last week that they will soon be using Truleo's body camera data analysis platform to automatically review and analyze their officers' interactions with the public.

"Truleo is a game-changer," said Vallejo PD Chief of Police Shawny K. Williams. "It enables me to fulfill my promise to our community to be more transparent, more accountable and more inclusive. We plan to leverage Truleo to increase respectfulness and professionalism. This system provides insights that allow us to understand how officers are performing and to highlight exceptional service."

Truleo's body camera analytics platform converts bodycam data into
Truleo's body camera analytics platform converts bodycam data into "Baseball Card Stats for Cops." (Truleo)

While "the overwhelming majority of police interactions are positive or neutral," said Truleo CEO Anthony Tassone, "we help departments highlight that good policing for recruiting and retention purposes. We also help police identify and understand the interactions that are negative so they can be aware and take corrective actions." 

Using a subset of machine learning known as natural language processing, the platform categorizes incidents and analyzes the language used by officers, then outputs performance metrics pertaining to professionalism and de-escalation. 

The company also notes that less than 0.1% of all bodycam footage is actually analyzed in most departments.

Alameda Police Chief Nishant Joshi says he's likewise looking forward to using the platform to better serve the public.  

"We will leverage Truleo to create quality-of-service metrics," he said. "These metrics will enable our department to increase professionalism and our ability to de-escalate civilian interactions."

To learn more, visit Truleo.co.

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