Body Worn Video Steering Group
Very few lines of work require an individual to act as counsellor, treatment coordinator, and law enforcer. Police officers across the world often have to encompass all these responsibilities when responding to a call where a suspect is believed to be mentally ill.
In February the NYC based think tank Data & Society Research Institute published a report focused on police body worn video cameras. Their aim is to assess the various aspects of the technology, in relation to biometrics and privacy, resulting in what this may mean for the future.
Every week the (Hilltop Views) editorial board reflects on a current issue faced in society. The position taken does not reflect the opinions of everyone on the Hilltop Views staff. In this edition body worn cameras are the subject of focus.
U.S. Border Patrol agents have been testing a small number of body cameras in the field since mid-January, but widespread deployment is still a long way off, officials have said.
Dr Howard Henderson, and Dr Michael O. Adams of the Texas Southern University, have recently written an article with a call for further study to be conducted on body worn video cameras before full implementation after trial phases.
The National Institute for Justice currently has two ongoing funded research programs assessing how video integration into policing strategies can have an effect on criminal justice outcomes. The total amount awarded comes in at just over $1.5 million, distributed to two entities and focused specifically on body worn video.
A pioneering study on police body cameras with the Rialto, California Police Department found that their use of the devices reduced use of force incidents by police by almost 60 percent. Even more startling? The number of formal complaints filed by citizens against the police force went down 90 percent. Law firm Denmon & Denmon created […]
Body worn video cameras are being increasingly called upon across the United States. Several states have introduced laws which require the use of these cameras, including California.
As of January 30th 2015, front-line police officers in Singapore’s Bukit Merah West Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) will use body cameras whilst on patrol. They are the first of several NPC’s of which the cameras will be rolled out over the coming months, with a fully implemented program expected by June next year.
The AELE Evidence Preservation Information Center (EPIC) legal staff have compiled at comprehensive collection of body worn video related materials touching on subjects of policy, privacy, scholarly articles and research – an essential guide.