Body Worn Video Steering Group
Currently law enforcement agencies are facing a question which could spell both positive and negative results, depending on who answers. That question is the issue of body camera footage, and what to do with in regards to public access.
On Monday 18th May, the President was in Camden to talk about the promising progress that city is making in enhancing community policing. Last December, President Obama launched the Task Force on 21st Century Policing to better understand specific policing challenges and help communities identify actions they can take to improve law enforcement and enhance community […]
One of the most informative toolkits available on the web for information related to body worn video has come from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, described as “a comprehensive clearinghouse for criminal justice practitioners interested in planning and implementing a body-worn camera program in an effort to strengthen community trust and confidence in the justice […]
A broad coalition of civil rights, privacy, and media rights organizations released shared civil rights principles for the use of body worn cameras by law enforcement.
Body-worn video cameras represent a recent technology development that is being driven by the Home Office and by operational requirements for widespread adoption within the police and other emergency services.
As body cameras are integrated into police forces around the world court systems are starting to buckle under the weight of hours upon hours of video, however learning to deal with this new challenge is temporary and staff are “ready to deal with whatever comes our way.”
Recently, here at the BWVSG, it was noticed that with the uptake of body cameras a strange trend began to emerge. As the hours of footage clocked up there was an increase in videos of incidents involving mentally ill persons, an issue the technology has brought to light. In Dallas, Texas, Shirley Harrison had called […]
Although body cameras are relatively new in terms of what effect they have on policing, many proponents call them the modern day “police officer’s notebook”. Two separate projects – one led by an Arizona State University professor, another by a University of Washington doctoral student – are studying Spokane police department’s body camera program, which is still in […]
A study conducted in Mesa, Arizona, found that body-worn cameras were associated with a reduction in complaints against officers. In October 2012, the Mesa Police Department implemented a one-year pilot program in which 50 officers were assigned to wear body-worn cameras, and 50 officers were assigned to a control group without the cameras. The study, which was conducted […]
The Department of Justice recently announced a $20 million pilot program for police body cameras, it’s the first component of President Barack Obama’s $75 million Body Worn Camera Partnership Program, which he announced late last year. The investment includes $17 million in competitive grants for the purchase of body-worn cameras, $2 million for training and […]