BWC TTA Updates

BWC Resource: Understanding the Impact of Police Body-Worn Cameras on Virginia Public Defenders

Janne E. Gaub, Carolyn Naoroz, and Aili Malm

To better understand how a local police department’s decision to implement BWCs impacts public defenders, the research team worked with the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) to track attorney time spent on BWC-related tasks and conduct focus groups to understand attorneys’ perceptions of the utility of BWCs for public defenders.

To read the resource, click here.

BWCs in the Medical Field Webinar

The webinar provided insights and experiences regarding how body-worn camera programs have or have not impacted police agencies as they relate to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This webinar consisted of a panel of three experts experienced with HIPAA, including a prosecutor, police, and a medical professional.

To view the webinar recording, click here.

BWCs in the News

National police body camera experts to visit Nashville

A group of national experts on police body cameras plan to visit Nashville next week, Mayor Cooper announced Thursday. The mayor's office tells FOX 17 News the visit is intended to help Metro criminal justice departments finalize plans for deploying and testing body cameras. The visit slated for Jan. 21-22 is sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, which is part of the U.S. Department of Justice. “We appreciate the willingness of the Bureau of Justice Assistance to help Nashville address our remaining policy challenges and roll out cameras in a way that reflects best practices from cities across the nation,” said Mayor John Cooper. “This distinguished group of criminal justice professionals will bring national expertise to Nashville, help us engage the community, and ensure that we both deploy and test our body-worn cameras the right way.”

In View: How to Manage the Implementation of your Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Deployment and Improve Outcomes

You have written your policy, you have selected your camera vendor, and you have trained your officers and deployed your cameras. Now what? Will your agency’s deployment be successful? Do you know if it was worth all the time, effort, and resources? Are you able to point out successes to your community and local officials? Are you able to identify challenges and develop solutions? Can you assess implementation progress and improve outcomes to make the deployment more valuable to your agency, your officers, and your community?

Read the full commentary here.