In response to the growing interest in and use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) by our members and the urgent need for policies governing their use, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has assembled a compendium of policy resources for BWCs. The compendium includes three recently released IACP documents: Body-Worn Camera Model Policy, Body-Worn Camera Concepts and Issues Paper, and the Technology Policy Framework. Because of the critical importance of this issue, the IACP is suspending the cost of the BWC Model Policy, and making the compendium available to all 23,000 IACP members at no cost.
As we know, a growing number of law enforcement agencies are adopting BWCs to document interactions during police-suspect encounters, at crime and incident scenes, and during traffic stops. In many instances, law enforcement agencies have found BWCs useful for officers in the favorable resolution of both administrative and criminal complaints and as a defense resource in cases of civil liability. BWCs provide a clearly documented, firsthand, objective account of what was said and what occurred during the incident in question. In addition, BWCs can provide investigators, prosecutors, and juries with far more detailed, accurate, and compelling evidence. Experience has also shown that BWCs have a positive influence on the behavior of officers themselves, promoting accountability and serving as an important training aid.
The documents contained in the compendium were created in consultation with law enforcement executives and subject matter experts representing IACP Divisions, Committees, Sections, the IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center, and other organizations and groups. Established in 1987, the IACP’s National Law Enforcement Policy Center is a partnership between the IACP and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. For more information regarding the Policy Center, please visit http://www.theiacp.org/policycenter.
A complimentary copy of the compendium can be downloaded by IACP members at http://www.theiacp.org/IACPmembersonly. To login, enter your email or username and your password. If you forgot your password, click the “forgot your password” link under the Login button. An email will be sent to the email address associated with your membership prompting you to reset your password. The compendium (titled IACP Body-Worn Camera Policy) is the first item posted under “documents” in the members only area. Members who have previously purchased the policy should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-THE-IACP x319.