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 will host the 2019 National Meeting of the Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program (BWC-PIP). This meeting is primarily intended for the designated FY 2018 BWC Policy Implementation Program (PIP) grant agencies.  

This meeting will provide 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 will be on hand to provide guidance on procurement processes, grant adjustment protocols, and performance measurement tracking. Most importantly this meeting is 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.

BWC Resource: Campus Cameras: Implementing Body-Worn Cameras in Collegiate Police Departments

Since 2014, many police agencies have adopted body-worn camera (BWC) programs, in many cases with little to no evidence-base to guide implementation and policy development. The research has expanded significantly since then, with well over 70 articles now published on the topic of BWCs (Lum, Stoltz, Koper, & Scherer, 2019).  These studies have identified several benefits of the technology, including increased transparency and legitimacy, expedited resolution of complaints, and evidentiary value for arrest and prosecution. Likewise, BWCs still present challenges, especially related to privacy and financial constraints.Much of the research has also focused on municipal agencies; to date, only one study has used data from officers in a college/university setting. This study uses survey data from collegiate law enforcement agencies to better understand how BWCs are used in these agencies.

To read the full report, click here. 

BWCs in the News

New York, New York Police Department: 20,000 Officers Are Wearing Body Cameras

The NYPD reached a benchmark Wednesday with the announcement that about 20,000 officers now wear body cameras, which have recorded more than 3.5 million videos in the past two years. The completion of the latest rollout means cameras are now worn by all officers, including sergeants and lieutenants, in every precinct, transit district and public housing police area, said First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker at a briefing with reporters.

To read the full article, click here.

Webinar: Addressing Officer BWC Concerns and Acceptance

On March 28, 2019 the Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Team will present a webinar titled “Addressing Officer BWC Concerns and Acceptance”. This webinar will focus on addressing the challenges that agencies and officers can experience when implementing a BWC program, especially those regarding officer concerns, questions, and hesitations. Panelists will highlight the importance of having officers directly involved in the initial BWC planning processes, demonstrate how BWCs can benefit officers and the community in a variety of areas, and share how they educated their organizations to obtain officer buy-in. 

To register for this webinar, click here