How To Buy Body-Worn Cameras: Key steps for product selection, purchasing, and implementation
Never in the history of law enforcement has the American public so vehemently demanded police adopt a technology or device as they have for body-worn cameras (BWCs). Citizens see the technology as ensuring greater visibility into their police force – especially in the case of use-of-force incidents.
There are agency benefits as well. Deployment of BWCs by law enforcement professionals – patrol, corrections, SWAT and other tactical responders – offers significant advantages in keeping officers safe, enabling situational awareness and providing evidence for trial. Agencies already using BWCs report that they help reduce citizen complaints, lower instances of resistance and use of force, improve police-community interaction and enrich public safety.
While the value and utility of BWCs are understood at a fundamental level, there are factors police departments need to weigh and steps to take in order to have a long-standing and successful BWC program.
This Police1 guide – whether you are leading a body camera purchase for the first time or are looking to upgrade your current system – is a starting point for the several months or more procurement process.
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