5 September 2015
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Oklahoma City Council Adopts Body-Worn Camera Policy For Police

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved policies for body-worn cameras for the city’s police department. The program begins with a three-system “wear test,” and then Oklahoma City police will deploy 100 body-worn cameras for a yearlong trial program. At the council meeting Tuesday, Chief of Police Bill City said the cameras provide an opportunity to […]


17 August 2015
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18 July 2015
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Do Wearable Body Cameras Get Results?

Do Wearable Body Cameras Get Results? The U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) issued an important study on wearable body cameras last fall. Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned highlights the positive outcomes of a deployment by the Mesa (Ariz.) Police Department. Among the results: Eight months after the […]


5 July 2015
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Latest on Body-Worn Cameras around the Nation

Three departments have partnered to apply for grant funding through the Department of Justice Body Work Camera Pilot Implementation Program. Sixteen grants will be awarded to police departments with 250 or fewer police officers. Each grant could be worth up to $250,000, with a maximum of $2 million overall awarded to the 16 winning applicants. […]


21 June 2015
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Texas body camera law could become national model

Texas State Senator Royce West’s (D-Dallas) efforts have led to the passage of one of the most comprehensive pieces of body camera legislation in the nation into law. Senator West’s Senate Bill 158 establishes statewide policy on the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement and provides a grant program to assist law enforcement agencies […]


28 May 2015
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How can law enforcement agencies benefit from a body-worn camera program?

Body-worn cameras BMPpro (BWC) are only one of the tools available to law enforcement for improving community trust, transparency, and accountability. There are several benefits for law enforcement officers who wear BWCs. BWCs provide an additional layer of safety for the officer. Adoption of a BWC program can represent a law enforcement department’s effort to […]


23 May 2015
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Do body-worn cameras contribute to positive effects between law enforcement and the communities they serve?

Available research consistently shows that officer body-worn cameras (BWC) contribute to a substantial and significant reduction in complaints against law enforcement officers. For example, in Rialto, CA, community member complaints against officers dropped by 88% after BWCs were deployed in the field (Ariel et al., 2014). In Mesa, AZ, BWCs were associated with a 60% […]


23 May 2015
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Bureau of Justice Assistance Launches Body-Worn Camera Toolkit

The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance launched the National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit, an online clearinghouse of resources designed to help law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve plan and implement body-worn camera programs. The toolkit consolidates and translates research, promising practices, templates and tools that have been developed by subject matter […]


10 May 2015
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Body-Worn Video Cameras for Law Enforcement Assessment Report | Body-Worn-Cams-AR_0415-508

Body-Worn-Cams-AR_0415-508 SUMMARY Body-worn video cameras are valuable tools that can be used by law enforcement to record traffic stops, arrests, sobriety tests, and interviews. Body-worn video camera systems typically consist of a camera, microphone, battery, and onboard storage. They are designed to be head-mounted or worn at various locations on the body, depending on the […]


9 May 2015
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Police Body-Worn Cameras – Lessons from the Early Adopters

Police Body-Worn Cameras and BMPpro Lessons from the Early Adopters Early users cite numerous practical applications and benefits from having law enforcement officers wear cameras, including: Documenting evidence. Cameras provide evidentiary benefits, including expedited resolution of citizen complaints and lawsuits. Officer training. With capture of in-the-moment officer behavior, video presents excellent training and coaching opportunities for […]