BWC TTA Updates

BWC Resource: BWCs and Prosecutors

This paper is a guide to assist prosecutors in navigating the many complex issues surrounding a BWC program. It is divided into two parts: (i) BWC Technology and (ii) Prosecutor-Specific Considerations. Part One, BWC Technology, provides an overview of BWC technology and the systems in use by various police departments. This section discusses the technical specifications of BWC devices and supporting software and storage systems, and issues that this technology poses for prosecutors and law enforcement. Part Two, Prosecutor-Specific Considerations, discusses prosecutorial issues related to BWCs, such as developing office policies, access to recordings, discovery considerations, and the use of BWC recordings as evidence in the grand jury and at trial. A checklist for prosecutors is included in the Appendix.

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BWCs in the News

Indianapolis, Indiana, Metropolitan Police Department Begins Body Camera Trial

This week the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department started a body camera pilot. Officers and supervisors will wear cameras for the busiest shift -- between 1:30 and 10 p.m. -- in the busiest districts, which include North, East, and Southeast districts. The trial will last 45 days. East District Commander Jerry Leary says officers start recording when they’re dispatched on an incident.

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Evidentiary Value of Body-Worn Camera Footage Webinar

On August 28th at 2:00 PM ET, the BWC TTA provider will host a webinar on the evidentiary value of body-worn camera (BWC) footage. During this webinar we will hear the perspectives and experiences of Assistant District Attorneys (ADAs) and Public Defenders (PDs) about the role BWC video footage plays in their respective work streams. The webinar will also describe several benefits and disadvantages of the use of BWCs in a court of law, focusing on the context of time, expectations, and anticipated consequences. The webinar is based on research conducted in three sites: Monroe County, New York; San Diego County, California; and Travis County, Texas. 

Register for this webinar here. 

In View: Understanding the Union Perspective

As the implementation of Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) continues to expand to police agencies across the country, officers are increasingly accepting and, in many cases, demanding the cameras. Police recognize that BWC technology is here to stay, and the majority of communities expect their police departments to adopt them. Still, officers, agencies, and police unions do not uniformly embrace BWCs. Challenges and obstacles remain. This In View Commentary discusses the importance of collaborating with your union regarding BWC implementation. Two BWC subject experts from different backgrounds—a current attorney who represents police unions and an executive assistant chief who regularly negotiates with his police union—provide their perspectives.

To read the full In View, click here.