Body-Worn Cameras

Agency Development and Implementation


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.

Quick Breakdown

  • 8-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 how an agency can evaluate different types of body-worn cameras to best suit their needs.
  • Develop a plan to set up and implement a body-worn camera program from start to finish.
  • Explain the fundamental reasons why a body-worn camera program is necessary.
  • Identify issues with digital video in relation to human performance.
  • Discuss issues of utilizing body-worn cameras to assist with investigations of officer-involved incidents.
  • Explain the legal issues and how to present videos to the public and courts.
  • Identify and understand the agency’s technological, financial, and staffing needs to operate a body-worn camera program.
  • Describe factors used in analyzing video in use of force and officer-involved shooting incidents.
  • Explain the use of video in relation to law enforcement investigations.
  • Provide an understanding of how video can assist with accountability, transparency, and improved community relations.