On Tuesday, October 18, from 8:00 to 9:30 AM, the BWC Training and Technical Assistance program presented an educational session at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. The session was titled "Variations in Body Worn Camera Policies: Sources, Suggestions, and Solutions" and included presentations by BWC TTA Co-Directors Dr. Michael White and Dr. Chip Coldren, BJA Senior Policy Advisor Michael Roosa, and BWC PIP site representations Captain Brian White (Wichita Police Department), Chief Michael Wilhelm (Waynesboro Police Department), Lt. Daniel Zehnder (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department).
The session description read as follows: As thousands of police agencies develop new policies regarding body worn cameras (BWCs), and as the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) reviews the policy development process for agencies participating in its Pilot Implementation Program (PIP), we are learning some interesting things about these policies. Almost all of them address the policy issues recommended in the BJA Body Worn Camera Toolkit. We observe some variations in policy components and directives, influenced by such factors as state and local laws, camera system capabilities, and department practices regarding community collaboration. This panel explores these variations in BWC policies, based on an analysis of policies implemented in the PIP initiative, and includes representatives from several agencies that recently developed new BWC policies.
You can view the slides from this presentation here.