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Body Worn Cameras

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Many law enforcement agencies in America have instituted the use of body worn cameras (BWC’s) and their potential use in community supervision has gained interest in the past few years. While several community- based supervision agencies have implemented the use of body worn cameras, we are still learning about the benefits and challenges of this new technology. The intent of this section of the micro site is to share information from the field about BWC and experiences that will include how this technology has enhanced community supervision as well as lessons learned.

Body worn cameras (BWC’s) are relatively small devices that record interactions between the officer and a subject. The recordings from BWC’s may be used in a variety of ways – as staff training aids, to discourage unprofessional behavior by the officer, and to clarify the interactions between the officer and a subject.

There are a number of things to consider prior to investing in the implementation BWC’s, such as, proper training on the purpose and use of equipment, whether your officers are sworn or not, what your state law says about recordings and their use, the type and cost of equipment, data storage and management, and retention schedules.

Please contact us if you have additional information that you believe would benefit others in the field on specific topics and it will be considered for inclusion.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the challenges to implementing a BWC Program?
Restrictions or lack of protections under current state law... etc.

Voices from the Field

Under Development

Links


Legal Issues

Urban.org Body Camera Update

AELE’s Evidence Preservation Information Center (EPIC)
Police Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs)

 


Should our agency use body worn cameras?

Implementing a Body Worn Camera Program

Understanding the Technology Behind Body Worn Cameras

 


How does our agency store the data from body worn cameras?

Body Worn Camera Data Storage

Body Worn Camera Video Storage and Management

Debunking the Myths of BWC Video Storage

 


General Information

Body-Worn Cameras in Law Enforcement Agencies, 2016 Bureau of Justice Statistics

Justice Technology Inforamtion Center, Body Worn Cameras

 


BWCs In the News

Department of Community Supervision goes high tech, 2016
Georgia's Department of Community Supervision is the agency in charge of supervising those on parole and probation. Soon, some 250 officers who interact with those still serving portions of their sentences outside of jail will wear body cameras to capture those interactions.

 

South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services Body Worn Cameras Policy
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South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services Policy on body cameras
A Primer On Body Worn Cameras For Law Enforcement
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NIJ Body Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement Primer
Body Worn Camera Policy And Implementation
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BODY-WORN CAMERA POLICY AND IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAM, FISCAL YEAR 2018