Body Worn Video Steering Group
Across the USA many police forces have implemented body cameras. However in some areas, such as Boston, they still seem out of sight for the local community. As a result, The Boston Police Camera Action Team has made it their mission to lobby government representatives in an attempt to have body cameras on the streets by 2016.
Below you can see a proposal from BPCAT with suggestions on policy and procedures.
On the other hand Police Commissioner William Evans has doubts, saying they “aren’t going to help with the fundamental problems between community and police.”
“There are a lot of unanswered questions,” Evans said. “When should we have them on, when should we have them off.”
Evans also said police body cameras distract officers from the real issues at hand.
“Technology is great, but unless you get into the underlying culture that creates the distrust, than cameras are only a window fix”.
“No one’s going to want to approach us and say, ‘Hey, they’re dealing drugs over there,’ or, ‘Hey, I got a tip on that shooting,’ because they’re afraid they will be on camera,”.
(Below: Members of the public show their support for body cameras on Boston police)