External Factors that Impact BWC Program Staffing

Chief Scot Haug (ret.)

Two challenging aspects of implementing or expanding a body-worn camera (BWC) program are ensuring projecting staffing is sufficient to support the program as well as anticipating the impacts on existing staff. Several variables make staffing challenging—some of which an agency can control while others are imposed. Ideally, agencies could simply use a staffing formula based on deployed BWC units, but the complexity of BWC issues makes that impractical. Instead, agencies must engage in due diligence to properly understand and prepare for both external and internal influences on staffing. After recognizing those influences, agencies will be better equipped to justify staffing requests or allocate responsibilities to existing personnel. This article addresses external factors—those that exist or evolve outside of an agency’s control yet result in tasks or responsibilities that will affect the organization’s staff.

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