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De Anza College Police Start Wearing Body-Cameras

Last month, Foothill-De Anza Community College District police officers started wearing body cameras and report it’s been smooth filming so far. Every one of the department’s 22 officers, including those in community service, received a new BWCs on March 7, said Ron Levine, the district’s police chief.

“I think that the body-worn camera program will be beneficial for the transparency of our community and to help improve relations with our campus community,” Levine said. “In general, they are an outstanding tool that provides a necessary conduit for law enforcement to record actions with the community and it’s a safeguard, both for the public and for the officers.”

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In View Commentary: Body-Worn Camera Community Education and Creating Reasonable Expectations

Check out a new "In View" commentary piece Tom Woodmansee, BWC TTA Senior Advisor at CNA and fomer Police Officer

As  police agencies across the country implement body-worn camera (BWC) programs, many feel that it is just a matter of time before this relatively new technology becomes an expected norm for the police. BWC programs have already demonstrated that implementation and outcome expectations are far more complicated and challenging than initially expected. This piece discusses the importance of educating communities and local media about the limitations of BWC footage, as well as the effects on their agencies’ resources from requests for footage.  It also provides suggestions for how to conduct public outreach and education about BWCs. 

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New Resource: Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in the Bureau of Justice Assistance Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program

Law enforcement agencies funded through the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program (PIP) are not required to collaborate with research partners as part of their grant award. Nevertheless, a number of agencies indicated in their grant proposals that they would partner with outside researchers to conduct process or impact (or both) evaluations. In fact, 31 of the 189 agencies (16 percent) funded in FY 2015 and FY 2016 reported they would engage with a research partner during their grant period. To better understand these partnerships, the Arizona State University research team developed a survey to capture information about the proposed researcher-practitioner partnerships.

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Webinar: Body-Worn Camera Community Education and Creating Reasonable Expectations

On Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 12:00 PM- 1:30 PM ET,  the BWC TTA Team hosted a webinar on body-worn camera community education and creating reasonable expectations. This webinar provided information about how and why it is important to educate the community on the limitations and benefits of Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs). It also discussed the many considerations that must be taken into account when releasing BWC footage, including privacy concerns, victims’ rights, and on-going investigation needs.

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