Body-Worn Cameras

Body-worn cameras (BWCs) are deployed to generate an objective record of police officers’ interactions with members of the public. Video documentation of such interactions is intended to enhance accountability and transparency by giving investigators and the public a view into cases of alleged misconduct. The knowledge that a recording is underway may also temper officer and community member behaviors, increasing lawful and respectful policing practices and reducing false complaints. Moreover, BWC video footage can supply useful evidence to corroborate a victim’s or officer’s statement, ensure chain of custody for recovered contraband, and identify people who engage in violence during mass protests.

 

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