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Schenectady Body-Camera Tests Could Begin by June

Body camera vendors are expected to begin vying for testing slots in the city's police body camera program by the end of this week, officials said. The city police department is moving ahead with plans to outfit all officers with body cameras by the end of the year, and officials are in the process of setting policy and ensuring the purchase of the right cameras for the city's needs. Officers are expected to start testing four or five models by June, according to Assistant Police Chief Michael Seber.

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In View Commentary: Body-Worn Camera Community Education and Creating Reasonable Expectations

Check out a new "In View" commentary piece Tom Woodmansee, BWC TTA Senior Advisor at CNA and fomer Police Officer

As  police agencies across the country implement body-worn camera (BWC) programs, many feel that it is just a matter of time before this relatively new technology becomes an expected norm for the police. BWC programs have already demonstrated that implementation and outcome expectations are far more complicated and challenging than initially expected. This piece discusses the importance of educating communities and local media about the limitations of BWC footage, as well as the effects on their agencies’ resources from requests for footage.  It also provides suggestions for how to conduct public outreach and education about BWCs. 

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New Resource: Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in the Bureau of Justice Assistance Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program

Law enforcement agencies funded through the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program (PIP) are not required to collaborate with research partners as part of their grant award. Nevertheless, a number of agencies indicated in their grant proposals that they would partner with outside researchers to conduct process or impact (or both) evaluations. In fact, 31 of the 189 agencies (16 percent) funded in FY 2015 and FY 2016 reported they would engage with a research partner during their grant period. To better understand these partnerships, the Arizona State University research team developed a survey to capture information about the proposed researcher-practitioner partnerships.

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Webinar: Beyond Patrol 2: Courtroom Personnel, School Resource Officers, and University Police

On Friday, May, 18, 2018 from 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM ET, the BWC TTA Team will host a webinar on body-worn camera use within courtrooms, schools, and university settings. This webinar will focus on the use of BWCs beyond the police patrol function. In addition to police patrol functions, BWCs are being implemented in a variety of contexts including in courtrooms, city services agencies, schools, and university settings. During this webinar, BWC TTA Partner, Arizona State University (ASU), will review the findings from their report on the use of body-worn cameras in environments outside of the law enforcement setting. Representatives from BJA Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program sites will discuss the challenges and benefits of deploying BWCs within these environments.

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