"...the most comprehensive narrative review to date of the research evidence base for body‐worn cameras (BWCs).
Technology in Corrections - Body Cameras
Body-worn cameras are recording devices police officers wear as part of their uniforms to document what they see as they perform their duties. Body cameras continue to be a significant focus for state law makers as they consider and enact legislation to address police-community relations.
Evaluation Findings and Key Takeaways
"A Market Survey on Body-Worn Camera Technologies provides a landscape view of the claimed key attributes of 66 commercially available body-worn camera models offered by 38 vendors and four stand-alone body-worn camera video management software systems.
"A Primer on Body-Worn Camera Technology provides information to agency policymakers concerning considerations — including policy and training considerations— for integrating body-worn cameras into current systems and the legal implications associated with adoption of body-worn cameras.
"Overview of Body-Worn Camera Use by Law Enforcement: In a sample of police departments surveyed in 2013, approximately 75 percent of them reported that they did not use body-worn cameras.
"As in-jail deaths such as those of Sandra Bland in Texas and Natasha McKenna in Virginia’s Fairfax County attract the same scrutiny as police-involved fatalities, a growing number of agencies nationwide are bringing body cameras behind bars.
"We have all asked the question, what if? Life is full of what if choices. Each of those choices will make or break us. Asking what if questions can squander opportunities or challenge us to ponder an issue before it comes to pass.
"SOG Operators wear shoulder-mounted body cameras to record their moves and the actions of their partners. Because the SOG Operators work in assigned partner teams, the agency gains two recordings of each incident that show different angles and views.
This toolkit is a comprehensive clearinghouse for criminal justice practitioners desiring to plan and implement a body-worn camera program.