BWC TTA Updates

BWCs in the News

Police officers who wore body cameras were less likely to have complaints of wrongdoing filed against them, according to preliminary findings of a monitoring equipment program that is being tested by Boston police. The one-year pilot found that 12 fewer complaints were filed against a group of officers equipped with the body cameras over the one-year period. The totals were 17 complaints against the roughly 120 officers who participated in the program at some time, compared with 29 against a control group of 120 officers who did not wear cameras.

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In View Commentary: What Have We Learned from The BWC Implementation Program So Far?

Check out a new "In View" commentary piece from Denise Rodriguez, BWC TTA Project Manager and Research Scientist, CNA, Institute for Public Research

The BWC TTA team has gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and challenges agencies face when implementing a BWC program. This piece discusses  key findings and lessons learned the BWC TTA team has gained fromm BWC PIP sights over the past two years.  

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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:The Impact of BWCs: A look into the findings from the latest research on BWCs

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET, the BWC TTA Team will host a webinar that will present research findings on the impacts of body worn cameras from several selected studies. Recent research has had mixed findings on BWC effects on use of force, complaints, and other outcomes, the body of literature on BWCs still characterizes their effect as largely positive, and ongoing research will play an important role in the technology’s continued diffusion. 

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