Advanced Body-Worn Cameras

Video Technology and Human Perception


Law enforcement has come under increasing pressure to become more transparent with police actions. Video recordings of police interactions with individuals date back to the early ’90s with police vehicles equipped with in-car video cameras. As technology advances, so does law enforcement agencies’ need to stay in front of the changing environment. Digital video and the officer body-worn cameras are an integral part of investigations, accountability, and law enforcement transparency. During this course, participants will pursue a detailed understanding of the advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of digital video and the human factors present in public and law enforcement interactions.

The course will present law enforcement concepts and explore human factors to increase the understanding and knowledge of the technology behind Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) and the dichotomy between digital and human witnesses. Participants will learn relevant professional expertise and scientific research to apply human factors principles while gaining a deeper understanding of digital video technology to promote more thorough investigations.

Quick Breakdown

  • 16-Hour Course
  • Onsite Classroom Training
  • 1 Expert Instructor

Course Objectives

At the end of this course,  participants will be able to:

  • Provide a basic understanding of human vision, attention, perception, decision making, emotions, stress, error, and memory.a
  • Explain the fundamental differences between a human witness and digital video recording.
  • Know terminology associated with digital video (BWC) operation and how it relates to the performance and results of the video.
  • Identify issues with digital video in relation to human performance.
  • Discuss the issues of utilizing BWCs to assist with investigations of officer-involved incidents.
  • Explain the legal issues and how to present videos to the public and courts.
  • Be able to explain how the perception of a person/witness can be different from what a digital video camera (BWC) records
  • Explain discrepancies between an officer's perception and memory of an event versus the digital video's recorded image.
  • Know the role of video in incident reconstruction and how and when to use it as a memory enhancer.
  • Understand the different levels of video analysis.