BWC TTA Updates

In View Commentary: Understanding The Results Of Randomized Experiments With Body Worn Cameras

Check out a new "In View" commentary piece from James R. "Chip" Coldren, Jr., BWC TTA Director and Managing Director of Justice Programs, CNA, Institute for Public Research

This piece provides some key considerations for how to interpret recent findings from research studies that have been published on the effects of body-worn cameras (BWCs). These key considerations focus on three issues: jurisdictional differences in context, contamination in randomized studies, and compliance with BWC policies. 

To read the full commentary, click here.

BWCs in the News

Analysts from the nonprofit research organization CNA, working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and researchers from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, have released new research on the impact of body-worn cameras (BWCs). The study, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, concluded that BWCs are associated with significant reductions in complaints of police misconduct and police use of force incidents. The study also determined that BWCs can generate considerable cost savings for police by simplifying the complaint resolution process. The analysis further determined that the department realized significant cost savings associated with fewer complaints of misconduct and fewer resources spent on misconduct investigations.

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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 Critical Importance of Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy Development and Review Webinar

On Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11am ET, the BWC TTA Team will host a webinar on the critical importance of body-worn camera policy development and review. Administrative policy review is a central feature of TTA. The TTA team developed a BWC policy review process to assess the comprehensiveness of BWC policies through a BWC Policy Review Scorecard. Because the policy review process assesses comprehensiveness only and is not prescriptive, agencies vary in the way they deal with specific key issues. This webinar will review the key trends identified in our review of over 125 BWC PIP policies. Subject Matter Expert and TTA Lead Damon Mosler and representatives from the Santa Fe College Police Department will also provide their perspectives on the BWC TTA policy review process. 

To register for this webinar, click here