In this webinar, Dr. Bryce Peterson and Dr. Brittany Cunningham presented results from a randomized control study on the implementation of BWCs in Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, VA, focused on the impact of BWCs on response to resistance and injuries as well as the comparisons of the use and benefits of BWCs versus stationary cameras.
Resources about Policy
Justice & Security Strategies, Inc. (JSS) is pleased to announce the availability of a new publication – Body-Worn Camera Policies and Procedures: Guidelines for Prosecutors
Administrative policy is the foundation of a successful BWC program, but policy needs to be dynamic. As new issues emerge and technology evolves, law enforcement agencies need to consistently re-evaluate their policy. In this webinar, BWC TTA co-director Dr. Mike White investigates policy change across more than two dozen issues among 160 law enforcement agencies.
Body-worn cameras (BWCs) are effective at providing agencies with an additional layer of accountability and transparency. In turn, BWCs help address community concerns, mitigate liability, and often provide the primary evidence to determine whether an officer’s actions were justified in the moment. Not surprisingly, the level of BWC adoption in police departments continues to grow, both because the technology offers many benefits and also because many states now require agencies to use them.
The Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program offers several means of supporting the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) BWC Policy and Implementation Program (BWCPIP) grantees to achieve their BWC program goals and desired outcomes. TTA is also available to agencies that are not BWCPIP grantee when the topic is relevant and resources are available to address those agencies’ needs.
Access this resource here.
SME Jason Lustig and analyst Quin Patterson have developed these tips for effectively writing a body-worn camera (BWC) policy, pulling from general writing strategies and their experiences reviewing BWC policies. These tips can be used as a guide when developing your agency's policy to keep the content substantive and concise.
Read the tips here.
Webinar: Lessons Learned from Critical Incident Investigations
The webinar explored the overall management of critical incidents and the role that BWCs have within that incident management. The main purpose of the webinar was to provide guidance on the essential aspects of managing a critical incident and share insight on how agencies work with each other throughout the aftermath of a critical incident.
Missouri’s St. Louis County Police Department (SLCPD) developed helpful applications of body-worn cameras (BWCs) by integrating cameras from multiple sources into one readily accessible platform. The integration of BWCs with automated license plate readers (ALPRs), Missouri Department of Transportation highway cameras, and other video sources allows users to access video data from multiple sources. This integrated system is managed by the SLCPD Camera Systems Unit (CSU), which maintains the physical devices and processes all of the footage.
This webinar will provide a brief overview of the BWCPIP program goals. The main purpose of the webinar is to orient your agency personnel to the programmatic, financial, and administrative requirements of the grant, as well as to the training and technical assistance (TTA) elements of the grant. Both grant administration and TTA will be vital to successful completion of your BWCPIP grant. Our goal is to make the grant initiation process as smooth as possible.
This Corrections1 How to Buy Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) guide can serve as a starting point for your correctional agency's body-worn camera purchasing process. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of all issues that should be considered when purchasing BWCs. Work with any necessary internal and external stakeholders involved with your agency to determine what you want to achieve by acquiring BWCs.