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A Primer on Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement

Publication year: 2012
Thumbnail preview “The field deployment of body-worn camera systems (BWCs) by law enforcement practitioners (e.g., patrol, corrections, SWAT and other tactical responders) offers significant advantages in keeping officers safe, enabling situational awareness and providing evidence for trial … To mitigate the lack of procedural or technical standards, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Sensor, Surveillance, and Biometric Technologies (SSBT) Center of Excellence (CoE) has prepared a primer to aid in the use of BWCs in law enforcement. This report provides an introduction to BWCs and highlights issues and factors that law enforcement organizations should consider prior to and during implementation” (p. 1). Sections of this report include: introduction; why to use body-worn cameras; what are the types of body-worn cameras; what are the implementation issues—when to record, when to consider use, policies and procedures, training, and data storage and management; and closing. Appendixes provide a market survey of body-worn cameras, and a list of acronyms and abbreviations.