Body Worn Video Steering Group
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 […]
“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 […]
William B. Scott is the author of “The Permit,” a novel based on his son’s murder. His son Erik Scott, 38, was shot by Metro officers William Mosher, Joshua Stark and Thomas Mendiola on July 10, 2010, as he walked out of a Costco store, and Scott believes body worn video could have prevented this tragedy.
Plans to equip Seattle police officers with body worn video cameras by early next year should be put on hold until there is resolution to the bevy of concerns on how they should be used, the city’s police-oversight commission is urging.
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 […]