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.

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Also see NIJ’s Body Worn Cameras Page