Body Worn Video Steering Group
Scotland currently faces challenges in terms of acquiring funding for body cameras as the Chief Constable admits equipping officers with cameras is “some way off” Sir Stephen House supports national rollout, though acknowledged issues around funding and public acceptance still need to be resolved.
After it was discovered initial funds for the initiative to help police forces buy body cameras was reduced to just 1 third of the initial ask, an amendment has been added to the the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill which will see an additional $10 million top-up, bring the total to $25 million.
A Republican-controlled Congress approved a $51 billion measure providing the Justice Department and NASA with modest budget hikes, but the legislation falls well short of what’s needed to win President Barack Obama’s signature. The measure cuts back Obama’s request for police body cameras and new community policing initiatives.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The body worn video expansion is so significant, a leading US congressman is pressuring the White House to include funds for police surveillance equipment in President Barack Obama’s annual budget. In December the President proposed an investment of $263 million into community policing that would include more training, and resources, with $75 million of the […]