BWC TTA Updates

2019 Body-Worn Camera Training & Technical Assistance National Meeting

On April 9-10, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and CNA’s Training and Technical Assistance team hosted the 2019 National Meeting of the Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program (BWC-PIP). 

This meeting provided participants with an opportunity to discuss new and emerging issues regarding body worn cameras as well as review site progress, accomplishments, common challenges and forward looking strategies. BJA staff were on hand to provide guidance on procurement processes, grant adjustment protocols, and performance measurement tracking. Most importantly this meeting was an opportunity to network with other FY 2018 BWC PIP sites and help facilitate development of successful BWC programs.

For questions regarding the 2019 BWC TTA National Meeting, please contact us at: bwctta@cna.org.

BWCs in the News

Jackson, Mississippi, Police Officers to Start Wearing Body Cameras: What You Need to Know

The state's largest city has finally acquired body cameras, a development that promises to usher in more transparency in the police department. Jackson Police Department spokesman Sam Brown unveiled details behind the long-sought body cameras at a Tuesday press conference. "With the addition of the body-worn cameras, the department is more transparent and more accountable to the citizens of Jackson. This will improve community relations," Brown said.

To read the full article, click here.

In View: Understanding the Union Perspective

As the implementation of Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) continues to expand to police agencies across the country, officers are increasingly accepting and, in many cases, demanding the cameras. Police recognize that BWC technology is here to stay, and the majority of communities expect their police departments to adopt them. Still, officers, agencies, and police unions do not uniformly embrace BWCs. Challenges and obstacles remain. This In View Commentary discusses the importance of collaborating with your union regarding BWC implementation. Two BWC subject experts from different backgrounds—a current attorney who represents police unions and an executive assistant chief who regularly negotiates with his police union—provide their perspectives.

To read the full In View, click here.

Webinar: BWC 201 - Growing and Sustaining Your BWC Program

On June 18, 2019 the Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Team presented a webinar titled “BWC 201: Growing and Sustaining Your BWC Program”. This webinar focused on sustaining and growing BWC programs after the first year of implementation and after receiving approval of the BWC policy development process. During this webinar, panelists discussed succession planning and annual considerations for ensuring a successful BWC program and the inclusion of stakeholders throughout the BWC program. Participants heard from sites who discussed the evolution of their BWC program, the challenges encountered, and successes realized in such areas as deployment, training, officer and community acceptance, and more. 

To view the webinar recording, click here.