Body Worn Video Steering Group
Roughly 220 people gathered at The Orleans on June 9th -11th for the first-ever Law Enforcement Camera-Based Systems Symposium. The three-day conference drew people from law enforcement agencies from as far away as Toronto, and they all had one thing on their minds: police body cameras. The technology has become a hot topic in the wake […]
In 2013 West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones said he supported trials for the introduction of body worn video cameras for the police, so as to build evidence for their effectiveness. At the time Mr. Jones said, “…We are taking a staged approach, which helps us understand the operational, legal and technical issues […]
Recently the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) update the CCTV Code of Practice, stating “We have moved away from CCTV simply being a camera on top of a pole in our local town centre where the images were recorded on to video tapes, to much more sophisticated operations using digital and increasingly portable technology.”
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.
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.
Some police officers around the country are beginning to spend their own money on body cameras to use on the job to protect themselves for charges of wrongdoing. In Boise, Idaho supporters of department-wide body cameras say crime may increase with population growth, so officers need to be prepared.
From the early beginnings of body worn video in the early 2000’s the second decade of this century has seen a drive towards smarter, intelligent policing by using modern technology. Inevitably this has brought to light issues surrounding what actually happens with the footage once it is stored.
OKLAHOMA CITY — State lawmakers are working on a measure that will determine how much access the public has to videos from body cameras worn by law enforcement officers. House Bill 1037 is expected to be heard this week in the state Senate after securing approval in the Senate Rules Committee, and following similar body camera legislation in other […]
Concerns related to body camera privacy continues to occupy the attention of human rights groups, unions, police officers and the public alike, resulting in questions pertaining to best practice and guidelines for the technology in this regard.
On Friday 6th March, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and a coalition of civil rights organizations and traditional supporters of police accountability came out in opposition to a bill in the Florida Senate regarding police body cameras due to the bill’s overly-broad public record exemptions that could keep evidence of police misconduct from seeing […]