BWC TTA Updates

BWC Commentary: Understanding the Practical Aspects of Interpreting Video Footage

Check out a new "In View" commentary piece from University of South Carolina Law Professor,Seth Stoughton!

This piece addresses the first two benefits of BWCs and then discusses in more depth some of the practical challenges that relate to the documentation benefit: specifically, the difficulty of accurately interpreting BWC video.

Read the full post here.

BWC PIP Sites in the News

Police wearing body cameras can promote a good relationship between the community and police, including members of the public saying police officers treated them with respect, early results of an ongoing Arizona State University study show. “Nearly 90 percent of the citizens strongly agreed the officers treated them with respect, treated them fairly, they were honest, they listened, they cared, and they acted professionally,” said Sgt. Josie Montenegro, a spokeswoman for Tempe police.

 

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IACP Forum on BWC and Violence Against Women

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Forum on Body-Worn Cameras and Violence Against Women Victim Impact, was held in February 2016. The forum was designed to identify the considerations law enforcement agencies should take into account specifically regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking as they develop body-worn camera policies and programs.The forum created a dialogue between a multidisciplinary group of subject matter experts including law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates, medical personnel, and others.

Click here to read the forum summary

Webinar: Community Input on BWC Policy Development

On January 31,2017 at 1pm EDT, the BWC TTA Team hosted the webinar, Community Input on BWC Policy Development . External input into the development of body worn camera policies, including justice system and community stakeholders, is a cornerstone of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program (PIP). This webinar discussed principles and practices regarding police-community collaboration, and how these relate to BWC policy development. Several funded PIP sites contributed information regarding how they worked with community groups to inform their BWC policy development. 

Click here to listen to the webinar recording.