Around 1:30 p.m. March 16, police officers responded to a medical emergency near the 2600 block of W. El Camino, about half a block west of San Antonio Road. When officers arrived, they found a man lying on the ground outside the apartment complex. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The emergency response led officials to close two westbound lanes of El Camino for hours. Part of the road remained closed until around 8 p.m. that evening.
Police confirmed the cause of death was a suicide. The deceased was identified as a 40-year-old resident of Mountain View who lived in the nearby apartment building. No other details were disclosed.
Authorities encourage anyone contemplating suicide to reach out to a mental health professional such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at suicidepreventionlifeline.org or El Camino Hospital's Mental Health services at elcaminohospital.org/services/mental-health.
Body cams for college district cops
Foothill-De Anza Community College District police announced last week that they issued their officers body-worn cameras on March 15 in order to be more transparent with the community.
Police said that they submitted a grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Justice in the spring of 2016 for the purchase of body-worn camera technology. They were one of 12 California agencies-and the only college police department recipient awarded a grant in the fall of 2017 to purchase and deploy the cameras.
The Department of Justice's grant, which was just over $27,000, covered half of the cost of the cameras. The community college district police budget covered the other half, police said.
The police department called its need for use of force "nearly nonexistent," but the use of the body cameras is still expected to contribute to reducing or maintaining lower levels of officer force.
Officers will use AXON Body-2 cameras, which are one of the most popular models used among law enforcement, according to police. A new general order was created to ensure proper use of the cameras and video files they produce.
The order follows county and state standards for retention and reviewing the footage.
"The majority of law enforcement agencies in Santa Clara County have body-worn camera programs in place and it has become a community expectation that officers have this tool available to them," district Police Chief Ron Levine said in a statement. "We believe deployment of this technology will increase accountability and have other positive spillover effects."
—Bay City News Service
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