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In-View Commentary: Tech Alert: BWC Manufacturers Now Offer “Record-After-the-Fact” Feature

Body-worn camera (BWC) technology has advanced significantly over the past several years. Having successfully met the initial demands of increased video storage capacity and battery life, BWC vendors continue to add an array of new and enhanced BWC features and digital evidence management options. With these fast-paced advances and innovations, even the most technologically savvy police department administrators can find it challenging to stay up to date.

Changes in Body-Worn Camera Policy Over Time: An Analysis of US Department of Justice–Funded BWC Policy and Implementation Program Law Enforcement Agencies

Since 2015, the CNA Corporation and Arizona State University have provided training and technical assistance (TTA) to law enforcement agencies that have received funding for body-worn cameras (BWCs) through the US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance BWC Policy and Implementation Program (BWCPIP). Administrative policy review is a central feature of the TTA provided to the BWCPIP sites.

Body-Worn Cameras and K9 Handlers

Thousands of law enforcement agencies have expanded their use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) to officers in specialty assignments, but some agencies have been reluctant to equip their K-9 handlers with BWCs. Our training and technical assistance team interviewed the following four subject matter experts to get their perspectives on the issue:

State and Federal Collaboration in Body-Worn Camera Implementation: Pennsylvania's Phased Approach

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is statutorily authorized to undertake criminal and juvenile justice planning, coordination, and policy analysis. PCCD serves as the State Administrating Agency (SAA) that provides the state with a central source of planning, statistical analysis, and program development for the improvement of the state’s justice system. As the SAA, PCCD administers state and federal grant programs.

Working with BWC Metadata

This webinar focused on academic studies examining how agencies are using BWC metadata. Speakers described their own experiences with how they connect and use that metadata generated from BWCs. Dr. Mike White of Arizona State University (and BWC TTA co-director) facilitated a discussion among a panel of speakers that included Dr. Kayla Freemon (DePaul University), Dr. John McCluskey (Rochester Institute of Technology), Adrian Martin (Rochester, NY PD), Cpt. Brendan Hooke (Fairfax County, VA PD), and Lt.

In-View: The Value of Using BWC Video for Training

Body-worn cameras (BWCs) are effective at providing agencies with an additional layer of accountability and transparency. In turn, BWCs help address community concerns, mitigate liability, and often provide the primary evidence to determine whether an officer’s actions were justified in the moment. Not surprisingly, the level of BWC adoption in police departments continues to grow, both because the technology offers many benefits and also because many states now require agencies to use them.

In-View: Using Auto-Triggers to Enhance Officer Activation During Calls For Service

Over the last five years, police implementation of body-worn cameras (BWCs) has steadily become routine practice. With the number of high-profile police incidents occurring throughout the country, the public has begun to expect digital evidence to be captured and disseminated to the community in a timely manner. The growing demand from the public has placed increased pressure on police agencies to ensure that officers’ BWCs are activated during calls for service.

Prosecutor Review of BWC’s for Evidentiary Consideration and Ways that Prosecutors Manage Digital Evidence

The webinar included presentations and guidance from three Prosecuting Attorney Offices (Mahaska County, IA; Shelby County, TN; Orange County, CA) on how BWC footage can be used as evidence across the workflows for which prosecutors are responsible, including charging decisions, support for grand jury and preliminary hearings, and eventual use in trial. We also heard how they manage all digital evidence received from their law enforcement partners, followed by Q&A moderated by retired DA Damon Mosler.

Watch the recording here.