Four things keeping police departments from deploying body-worn cameras

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After launching a body-worn camera program, the Oakland Police Department reported 18 months without an officer-involved shooting, in a city that used to average about eight a year.1 Still, many law enforcement agencies nationwide are slow to adopt. Why?

  • Citizen privacy. Privacy considerations need to be balanced against the need for police transparency and evidence collection.
  • Impact on community relationships. Policies need to include open communications about cameras with community members to respect and protect their positive community relationships.
  • Compliance requirements. Video connected to a criminal case is required by the FBI to comply with CJIS Security Policy.
  • Logistical and resource requirements. Security, reliability, cost, and technical capacity are all essential factors when choosing a data storage method.

In Police Body-Worn Cameras: Lessons from the Early Adopters, you’ll get insight into the privacy, relationship, logistic, and compliance concerns that police forces must consider.

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1 CBS, SF Bay Area, Oakland Mayor Says Police Body Cameras Have Cut Use-of-Force Incidents Significantly in 5 Years, December 17, 2014.

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