Body Worn Video Steering Group
BWC Legislation overview by Rich Williams, NCSL (Transcript…):
“We don’t think it would be right to equip every police officer with such a camera,” Police Union (GdP) leader Oliver Malchow said on Friday in response to questions about the latest US police shooting in South Carolina. He argued that it makes sense to limit the use of cameras, as they wouldn’t only record […]
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.
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.
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 […]
“We can never really claim to have seen anything unless it has been photographed.” — Émile Zola, c. 1901, Minutes of the Camera Club of Paris Roger Tichborne was sick of the rural English country life in Hampshire, and like many well-to-do young men of his day decided to fill this void through travel. Heir to […]
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 […]