BWC TTA Updates

BWC Resource: Body-Worn Cameras as a Potential Source of Depolicing

Danielle Wallace, Michael D. White., Janne E. Gaub, and Natalik Todak

Contentious debate is currently taking place regarding the extent to which public scrutiny of the police post-Ferguson has led to depolicing or to a decrease in proactive policework. Advocates of the “Ferguson effect” claim the decline in proactive policing increased violent crime and assaults on the police. Although police body-worn cameras (BWCs) are touted as a police reform that can generate numerous benefits, they also represent a form of internal and public surveillance on the police. 


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BWC TTA Podcast Series

The Body-Worn Camera TTA Podcasts series, TechTalks, provides a unique opportunity for law enforcement officers, researchers, and the law enforcement community to learn about a variety of topics related to body-worn cameras. To listen to our podcast series please click here. To subscribe to the podcast channel please visit these links [Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Libsyn, Google Play


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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In View Commentary: Digital Evidence Integration

Digital evidence integration has become an emerging topic of discussion as law enforcement agencies around the country increasingly deploy body-worn cameras (BWC). Linking data repositories of videos with the relevant case files in order for them to be usable for investigations and prosecutions has become a challenge for many agencies and their justice stakeholders. In direct response to this emerging trend and need, the BWC Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) program has developed various resources that address this topic. The following Commentary provides an overview of digital evidence integration, outlines examples of how agencies our integrating their data, and provides a discussion of future considerations in digital evidence integration processes and technology.


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