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Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association releases ‘Best Practices on Body-Worn Cameras’

The Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association releases 'Best Practices on Body-Worn Cameras.' This comes less than a year after new rules were put in place for when police can film using the cameras. Thirteen pages detail the 'Best Practices on Body-Worn Cameras.' One of the suggestions, police department should come up with a clear policy on which duties or functions body cameras should be recording.

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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: BWC Outcome Directories

The research base on the impact of police body-worn cameras (BWCs) has grown rapidly, and over time, the results have become increasingly mixed. This development poses two problems, it is difficult to keep track of the quickly growing evidence base and it is difficult to make sense of the sometimes competing findings across studies. We have developed the Body-Worn Camera Outcome Directories to address these two problems. The Directories provide a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the existing research by outcome (use of force, citizen complaints). Importantly, each study’s entry has been approved by the primary researcher to ensure accuracy (when the primary researcher could not be reached, an independent reviewer was tasked with peer-reviewing the interpretation of the study’s findings). 

To view the BWC use of force directory of outcomes, click here. 

To view the BWC citizen complaints directory of outcomes, click here. 

Webinar: Engaging Prosecutors During BWC Planning, Implementation, and Beyond

Please join us on Wednesday, June 20th at 3:00pm ET for a webinar on engaging prosecutors during BWC planning, implementation, and ongoing use of body-worn cameras. This webinar will feature National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) Executive Director Nelson Bunn and San Diego Deputy District Attorney and subject expert Damon Mosler. They will discuss topics that police departments and prosecutors’ offices should consider during BWC planning and implementation, as well as ways to keep prosecutors involved in the BWC discussion after implementation is complete. In addition to the insights provided by Nelson Bunn and Damon Mosler, the Hogansville, GA, Police Department will provide lessons learned and best practices from their experience coordinating with their prosecutor’s office during and after BWC implementation.

To register for this webinar, click here.