BWC TTA Updates

BWC Resource: BWCs and Prosecutors

This paper is a guide to assist prosecutors in navigating the many complex issues surrounding a BWC program. It is divided into two parts: (i) BWC Technology and (ii) Prosecutor-Specific Considerations. Part One, BWC Technology, provides an overview of BWC technology and the systems in use by various police departments. This section discusses the technical specifications of BWC devices and supporting software and storage systems, and issues that this technology poses for prosecutors and law enforcement. Part Two, Prosecutor-Specific Considerations, discusses prosecutorial issues related to BWCs, such as developing office policies, access to recordings, discovery considerations, and the use of BWC recordings as evidence in the grand jury and at trial. A checklist for prosecutors is included in the Appendix.

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BWC TTA Podcast Series

The Body-Worn Camera TTA Podcasts series, TechTalks, provides a unique opportunity for law enforcement officers, researchers, and the law enforcement community to learn about a variety of topics related to body-worn cameras. To listen to our podcast series please click here. To subscribe to the podcast channel please visit these links [Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Libsyn, Google Play

 

BWCs in the News

Indianapolis, Indiana, Metropolitan Police Department Begins Body Camera Trial

This week the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department started a body camera pilot. Officers and supervisors will wear cameras for the busiest shift -- between 1:30 and 10 p.m. -- in the busiest districts, which include North, East, and Southeast districts. The trial will last 45 days. East District Commander Jerry Leary says officers start recording when they’re dispatched on an incident.

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In View Commentary: Understanding the Costs and Benefits of Implementing a BWC Program

Recent news reports have discussed the costs and benefits of body-worn cameras (BWCs). A Washington Post article on January 21, 2019, reported that some police departments have abandoned their BWC programs, primarily because of the high cost of storing BWC footage files. A January 27 editorial in The Buffalo News suggested that BWCs can be worth their costs when, for example, they exonerate police officers from complaints of excessive use of force, and that municipalities can find multiple sources of funding for BWC programs. 

 

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