In 2013, the Park City Police Department (PCPD) decided BWCs might help its officers better serve their 8,000 full-time residents and the 100,000 tourists that descend on the city during peak season. They were right—after BWCs were deployed, uses of force dropped by 42 percent and complaints declined drastically. According to the city prosecutor, the courts also benefited. Clearance rates went up and trials using BWC evidence were stronger and shorter. However, as with most programs, BWCs come with both benefits and costs, and sometimes those costs are not anticipated. PCPD experienced these unanticipated costs firsthand.
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