The adoption and deployment of body worn cameras provide law enforcement agencies with several key opportunities and potential benefits that were previously unobtainable. Headline benefits include:
- Increased public confidence in local and national policing
- A reduction in the number of complaints and allegations made against police officers
- Reduced criminal justice costs due to an increase in early guilty pleas
- De-escalation of anti-social behavior
- A reduction in the number of assaults on police officers
- Ability to deploy BWV in areas not covered by other forms of CCTV
- Officer skill enhancement through the review of performance at incidents
- Reduction in officer time spent on paperwork
- 33% reduction in complaint allegations - Metropolitan Police (UK)
- Public support for BWV - Metropolitan Police (UK)
- Police equipped with body-worn cameras receive 93% fewer complaints from the public - Cambridge University
- 59% reduction in use-of-force incidents by officers wearing cameras - Rialto, California (USA)
- 39% increase in early guilty pleas - Police Scotland (UK)
One of the significant outcomes of the early adoption of body worn cameras by the police was the recognition that agencies must have a clear deployment plan and policy for using the cameras.
Standard policies in the UK include body worn cameras being worn overtly to remove any doubt about their purpose, and any recordings made should be incident specific. While the recordings should be uninterrupted, they must be proportionate, legitimate and necessary.
Many key considerations highlighted by law enforcement agencies have been formalized and outlined in the BSI's BS 8593 Policy for the Effective Deployment of Body Worn Video.
This includes factors such as:
- Privacy protection for members of the public recorded
- Policies about when officers should turn on the cameras
- If and how to provide the public with access to the recordings
- Costs of storing the footage collected by the cameras
- Using encrypted devices
- No deletion or editing facilities on the camera
- Auto deletion of footage after 31 days for data protection
- Ability to retain footage that is required
- Full audit trail
History of Police
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History of Police
The History of Police in the United States
Technology in Law Enforcement
Body Worn Cameras - Los Angeles Sheriffs Department
Over the years, Law Enforcement has changed and revolved into a technology driven profession. Some issues with body worn camera maybe the direction they are facing, or the height they are being viewed. While many police agencies across the country are now using body worn cameras, there are still some concerns out there. What concerns do you have?