Body worn cameras
Law enforcement agencies are increasingly looking at the merits and consequences of implementing body-worn camera programs. Whether cameras are placed on shirt pockets, epaulets or glasses, decisions must be made regarding selecting products, creating guidelines for their use, training officers and storage of video.
There are potential benefits of standing up a body-worn camera program. Camera use has been shown to protect officers from false accusations, reduce uses of force and citizen complaints, enhance community trust in police and provide evidence for use in court. Concerns may include cost, privacy issues, properly storing video and responding to requests for footage. Here are resources that agencies may find helpful in determining when or whether to use body-worn cameras.
- NIJ Video: Looking at the Impact on Policing of Body Worn Cameras
- BJA National Body-worn Toolkit
- A Primer on Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement (Sensor, Surveillance and Biometric Center of Excellence (SSB CoE), 2012.)
- A Primer on Body-Worn Camera Technologies (RDT&E Center, 2016).
- Body-Worn Cameras for Criminal Justice: Market Survey (SSB CoE, 2014)
- *An updated version is now available online at https://www.justnet.org/bodyworn/
- Program Body-Worn Video Cameras for Law Enforcement Assessment Report
- Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned
- Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras: Assessing the Evidence
- July/August 2015 TechBeat
Ben Bolton, Outreach Coordinator