Law enforcement has come under increasing pressure in recent years from the media, public, and community groups to become more transparent with police actions within the community and society. 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 the need for law enforcement agencies to stay in front of the changing environment and the technology.
Participants will gain an understanding of the current technology behind digital video and body-worn cameras that can serve as an integral part of investigations, accountability, and transparency in law enforcement. A detailed review of how an agency can assess its need for body-worn cameras will be covered, in addition to best practices for implementation and operational use.
A strong emphasis will be placed on what a successful body-worn camera program looks like with proper implementation of both the technology and staffing, departmental policies, and the process for being transparent to the community and the agency when video is released.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to: