BWC TTA Updates

On this episode of LE Tech Talks, BWC TTA Outreach Coordinator and Analyst Jessica Dockstader sat down with BWC TTA Senior Advisor Tom Woodmansee, and CNA Senior Research Scientist Tom Christoff. Ms. Dockstader, Mr. Woodmansee, and Dr. Christoff discussed the use of body-worn cameras in after-action reviews.

Mr. Woodmansee and Dr. Christoff discussed the types of information made available through by analyzing BWC footage; the importance of a clear and comprehensive BWC policy; challenges and difficulties receiving or reviewing the footage; and key takeaways for agencies to consider when utilizing BWC to help prepare, manage, and evaluate their responses to civil unrest and protests.

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Recently, the BWC TTA updated the Directories of Outcomes on the impact of BWCs on Use of Force and impact of BWCs on Citizen Complaints. Because the research base on the impact of police body-worn cameras (BWCs) has grown rapidly, the results have become increasingly mixed. This development poses two problems: 

  1. It is difficult to keep track of the quickly growing evidence base. 
  2. It is difficult to make sense of the sometimes competing findings across studies. 

Moreover, studies can vary widely in terms of their methodological rigor. We 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, officer activity). 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). 

Click here to view the updated directories on the impact of BWCs on use of force and the impact of BWCs on citizen complaints.

Chief Scot Haug (ret.)

Two challenging aspects of implementing or expanding a body-worn camera (BWC) program are ensuring projecting staffing is sufficient to support the program as well as anticipating the impacts on existing staff. Several variables make staffing challenging—some of which an agency can control while others are imposed. Ideally, agencies could simply use a staffing formula based on deployed BWC units, but the complexity of BWC issues makes that impractical. Instead, agencies must engage in due diligence to properly understand and prepare for both external and internal influences on staffing. After recognizing those influences, agencies will be better equipped to justify staffing requests or allocate responsibilities to existing personnel. This article addresses external factors—those that exist or evolve outside of an agency’s control yet result in tasks or responsibilities that will affect the organization’s staff.

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Job Posting for BWC TTA

Are you or someone you know interested in working with the BWC TTA? We’re looking for a candidate who is familiar with BWCs and its role in the justice system and familiar with software such as Adobe Audition & Premiere, and website platforms. Learn more about the job in the link below, and click here to apply today!