This program is designed to provide helpful, decision-making information to law enforcement agencies considering body-worn camera programs, to highlight the benefits to an agency and individual officer, and to show options an agency may incorporate when using these cameras.
The use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement agencies across the country has seen a tremendous rise as the result of public expectations and the camera’s proven effectiveness. From a law enforcement perspective, the videos from these cameras are another key source of solid evidence in criminal prosecutions. Body-worn cameras have also vindicated officers from allegations of misconduct or criminal investigations. And, for members of the community, these videos may hold officers accountable for their performance in the field.
Body-worn cameras are the future of law enforcement. It is critical that agencies do their best to implement body-worn camera programs that integrate best with their employees’ responsibilities, that support the efforts of local prosecutorial agencies, and that help quell community concerns for law enforcement accountability balanced with privacy rights. This is a complex undertaking in law enforcement and requires careful planning beyond simply purchasing cameras for officers to wear.
The video program is divided into seven segments:
• Body-Worn Camera Benefits and Challenges
• Legal Considerations and Privacy Issues
• Policy Development and Audit Procedures
• Agency Implementation & Budgeting/Cost Issues
• Body-Worn Camera Technology and Human Factors
• Public Expectations and Community Education
• Media and Public Records Act Requests
The DVD disc includes a PDF copy of Assembly Bill No. 69 (Peace officers: body-worn cameras), which added Section 832.18 to the Penal Code and requires law enforcement agencies to consider specified best practices when establishing policies and procedures for downloading and storing data from body-worn cameras, including, among other things, prohibiting the unauthorized use, duplication, or distribution of the data, and establishing storage periods for evidentiary and nonevidentiary data, as defined.
This special video program is for information only and is not certified for CPT credit.
Date Produced: January 2016
CPT Hours/Credits: 0 Hours