BWC Podcast Series

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The Body-Worn Camera TTA Podcasts series provide a unique opportunity for law enforcement officers, researchers, and the law enforcement community to learn about a variety of topics related to body-worn cameras. The podcasts are recorded for you to listen to on our website at your own convenience. Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions or requests for additional information.

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25BWCs in After-Action Reviews

On this episode of LE Tech Talks, BWC TTA Outreach Coordinator and Analyst Jessica Dockstader sat down with BWC TTA Senior Advisor Tom Woodmansee, and CNA Senior Research Scientist Tom Christoff. Ms. Dockstader, Mr. Woodmansee, and Dr. Christoff discussed the use of body-worn cameras in after-action reviews.

Mr. Woodmansee and Dr. Christoff discussed the types of information made available through by analyzing BWC footage; the importance of a clear and comprehensive BWC policy; challenges and difficulties receiving or reviewing the footage; and key takeaways for agencies to consider when utilizing BWC to help prepare, manage, and evaluate their responses to civil unrest and protests.

April 2021
24Key Trends from BWC Policies

On this episode of LE Tech Talks, BWC TTA Outreach Coordinator and Analyst Jessica Dockstader sat down with BWC TTA Co-Director Dr. Mike White and Subject Matter Expert Dr. Aili Malm. Ms. Dockstader, Dr. White, and Dr. Malm discussed themes from the recent report, Key Trends in Body-Worn Camera Policy and Practice: A Five Year Policy Analysis of US Department of Justice-Funded Law Enforcement Agencies.

Dr. White and Dr. Malm shared important takeaways and surprising findings from their report on BWC policy surrounding topics such as activation, officer authority to review BWC footage, supervisory review authority, off-duty assignments, activation during public demonstrations, temporary deactivation (and muting of audio), and how departments handle video release requests.

March 2021
23Podcast from the Field: Gustine, California, Police Department

On this episode of LE Tech Talks, Captain Dan Zehnder (ret.), a BWC TTA Lead, sat down with Chief Ruben Chavez from Gustine, CA, Police Department, to discuss lessons learned from the BWC program.

Captain Zehnder and Chief Chavez discussed useful tips for implementing a BWC program in a small agency regarding partnering with other agencies, handling storage, how to staff the program, overcoming obstacles in grant management, and more.

January 2021
22Podcast from the Field: Cookeville, Tennessee, Police Department

On this episode of LE Tech Talks, Chief Harold Medlock (ret.), a BWC TTA Lead, sat down with three representatives from Cookeville, TN, Police Department, a FY2019 BWC Policy and Implementation Program (PIP) site, to discuss lessons learned from their BWC program.

Chief Medlock spoke with Chief Randy Evans, Major Ken Sircy, and Major Scott Winfree to discuss the benefits of working with their state association, the use of BWCs during a natural disaster, the importance of BWCs in resolving complaints, and more.

December 2020
21BWCs and Mounting Considerations

On this episode of LE Tech Talks, BWC TTA Senior Advisor Charles Stephenson sat down with two BWC TTA Leads, Chief Harold Medlock (ret.) and Director Geoff Smith (ret.), to discuss what law enforcement agencies should consider when selecting mounting options for their BWCs.

While a seemingly straightforward topic, if not carefully considered, tested, and evaluated BWC mounting can place a department in a precarious position, as issues with mounting can contribute to missing important footage during a critical incident. Chief Medlock noted that being involved in the TTA program for the last four years has helped him understand there is no one-size-fits-all solution for a department nor perfect mounting location. Director Smith emphasized the importance of testing and evaluation when determining which type of BWC mounting a department should choose.

November 2020
20Podcast from the Field: Newport, Rhode Island, Police Department

On this episode of LE Tech Talks, Deputy District Attorney Damon Mosler, a BWC TTA Lead, sat down with two representatives from Newport, RI, Police Department, a FY2018 BWC Policy and Implementation Program (PIP) site, to discuss lessons learned from their BWC program.

DDA Mosler spoke with Sergeant Gregory Belcher and Lieutenant Kevin Moreira to discuss the importance of a pilot program, utility of computer-aided dispatch integration, garnering officer-buy in, and more.

October 2020
19Meet the BWC TTA Leads Pt. II

On this episode of LE Tech Talks, Jessica Dockstader, the BWC TTA Outreach Coordinator, sat down with three of the BWC TTA Leads - Rodney Monroe, Chief (ret.) of Charlotte, NC, Police Department; Damon Mosler, Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County, CA, County District Attorney's Office; and Scot Haug, Chief (ret.) of Post Falls, ID, Police Department.

Chief Monroe, Deputy District Attorney Mosler, and Chief Haug are three of the BWC TTA Leads who have expertise with small and rural agencies, and assist them in the implementation of their BWC programs. Learn in this BWC TTA Lead Feature about their experiences.

September 2020
18Podcast from the Field: Gresham, Oregon Police Department

On this episode of LE Tech Talks, Chief Scot Haug (ret.), a BWC TTA Lead, sat down with two representatives from Gresham, OR, Police Department, a FY2017 BWC Policy and Implementation Program (PIP) site to discuss lessons learned from their BWC program. 

Chief Haug spoke with Captain Claudio Grandjean and Senior Management Analyst Julie Kallem to discuss their request for proposals process, equipment procurement, and implementation. 

August 2020
17Meet the BWC TTA Leads Pt. I

On this episode of LE Tech Talks, Jessica Dockstader, the BWC TTA Outreach Coordinator, sat down with four of the BWC TTA Leads - Geoff Smith, Director of Public Safety in Sturgis, MI; Chief Richard McLaughlin (ret.); Eddie Reyes, Public Safety Communications Director of Prince William County; and Chief Mary O'Connor (ret.). 

Ms. Dockstader asked Director Smith, Chief McLaughlin, Director Reyes, and Chief O'Connor what they view as the main factor leading to success in BWC sites, what their top advice is for sites, and more. 

July 2020
16BWCs and Livestreaming

On this episode of LE Tech Talks, Jessica Dockstader, the BWC TTA Outreach Coordinator, sat down with Elliot Harkavy, the Technology Advisor for the BWC TTA Program, to discuss the live streaming capability of the latest generation of body worn cameras.

Ms. Dockstader and Mr. Harkavy discussed why agencies might be both interested and hesitant to use livestreaming technology in their BWC programs, how the technology could impact officer safety, and what issues departments might want to consider before implementing the technology.

June 2020