El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 26, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

April 26, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon




Past President Tracy:  greeted everyone and had Rfael lead the flag salute.  Nancy provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians: Kanti had guest Sabina Pan a local CPA.  Nobuko had guest Tomoko Maeda who is visiting from Japan.


  • Rafael gave a brief update on his Mother’s Day event at USA Carpet and asked anyone who wants to donate a gift basket to bring it to Rotary next week
  • Tracy announced a Sip and Savor meeting after todays Rotary meeting
  • Lee reminded us of the Mary 23 meeting for Millennials that will be held at McBeers

 Happy Dollars:   

Lee is happy his daughter applied for a job for Air B&B and although she did not get the job she got a four month job where she will be traveling to Japan as part of a different job.  Jack is happy his granddaughter is going to be on a student exchaunge program to Japan for the Lafayette Rotary club.  Michael is happy for his 33rd anniversary with State Farm insurance.  Tracy is happy she will be going to visit her daughter at her school in Washington where she will be helping her set up her condo that she will share with three other girls.  Nobuko is happy to be traveling to Spain and Portugal in the next two weeks.  


Sgt at Arms Sal:  Not on duty today.

Other Interesting things today:  Tracy asked Rotarians to share special memories from their Rotary experience.  Marty, Tracy, Rafael and Kanti provided wonderful memories.

Today’s Program: 

Tracy introduced our speaker for today, Lt Lauren Caputo of the El Cerrito PD to speak to us about body-worn cameras for the officers in El Cerrito.  Lt Caputo explained the factors that have brought about the decision to use these devices and how these devices would bring about a lot of benefits and changes in the police department..  The cameras that have been selected have been around in one form or another for about 12 years.  During that time much improvement has been achieved.  In addition, there is a lot of considerations in the use of this equipment and technology.  The department will begin the use of the camera’s in mid May.  A lot of work has been done onf the protocols for the use of the devices.  The protocols are quite complex as they deal with a lot of legal issues that cross lines in the legal arena.  In addition, a number of very important operational protocols are also involved such as when do the camera’s get turned on and in what circumstances. Also how the use of the camera’s in report writing and other evidence gathering situaitons.  Lt Caputo did an excellent job of explaining the overall operation and how the department has created a living an operational document for the use of the camera’s in the handling of the data gathered and also the dissemination the information within and between areas of responsibility.  The camera’s are being leased on a 30 month basis.  We might want to have a follow-up presentation after the camera’s have been in operation at the department.    

Lt Lauren Caputo – ECPD


 Raffle Winners:

Michael won the bottle of wine.  Mark Scott had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a red marble winning him $5.   Next week the jackpot will be $130.


Thought for the week

No important worthwhile can be accomplished without the support of others.