Body-Worn Camera TTA Webinars

The Body-Worn Camera TTA webinars provide a unique opportunity for law enforcement officers, researchers, and the law enforcement community to learn and discuss topics related to body-worn cameras. The webinars are recorded for you to view on our website at your own convenience. Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions or requests for additional information.

Check out the most recently posted webinar recording:

The Evidentiary Value of Body-Worn Camera Footage: Perspectives from the Field

 

BWC TTA Webinars

Webinar Title Description Presenters Date
The Evidentiary Value of Body-Worn Camera Footage: Perspectives from the Field

This webinar focused on 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. Panelists discussed 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 focused on research from three sites: Monroe County, New York; San Diego County, California; and Travis County, Texas.  

Dr. Craig Uchida, Deputy District Attorney Damon Mosler, Dr. John McCluskey, Dr. Nick Robertson, District Attorney Jennifer Hyatt Wednesday, 28 August 2019
BWC 201: Growing and Sustaining Your BWC Program

This webinar focused on sustaining and growing BWC programs after the first year of implementation and after receiving approval of the BWC policy development process. During this webinar, panelists discussed succession planning and annual considerations for ensuring a successful BWC program and the inclusion of stakeholders throughout the BWC program. Participants heard from sites who discussed the evolution of their BWC program, the challenges encountered, and successes realized in such areas as deployment, training, officer and community acceptance, and more. 

Elliot Harkavy, Pat O’Donnell, Albert Handy, Calvin Moss Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Applying for BJA's Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program for Law Enforcement Grant: What You Need to Know Webinar

John Markovic, BJA Senior Policy Advisor, and Gerardo Velazquez, State Policy Advisor, presented a webinar to review the 2019 solicitation guidelines. They provided a detailed explanation of the application requirements and answered specific questions.

John Markovic, Gerardo Valazquez Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Addressing Officer BWC Concerns and Acceptance

This webinar focused on addressing the challenges that agencies and officers can experience when initially implementing a BWC program, especially regarding officer concerns, questions, and hesitations. Panelists highlighted the importance of having officers directly involved in the initial processes when an agency is considering implementing BWCs. The webinar also demonstrated how BWCs can benefit officers in a variety of areas, including officer safety, validating the decision to use force, affecting and even reducing citizen complaints, and promoting the good work that officers perform every day. 

Tom Woodmansee, Janne Gaub, Adam Bell, Ken Roske, Sean Smoot Thursday, 28 March 2019
Digital Evidence Integration

Digital evidence integration is a process which optimally compiles videos, photographs, electronic files, and other digital data into a common repository or system so that the evidence can be viewed holistically, in one place, for a common evidentiary view of a given case. Digital evidence may include, but is not limited to, the following: body-worn camera video, in-car video, automated license plate readers, etc. During this webinar, participants heard from sites who discussed their experiences with digital evidence integration, the challenges they faced, the benefits they have experienced, and lessons learned for other agencies looking to do the same. Deputy District Attorney and BWC TTA Lead, Damon Mosler, discussed how digital evidence management impacts the prosecutor's office. Participants gained a better understanding of digital evidence integration as well the potential best practices to follow when using this approach.

John Markovic, James “Chip” Coldren, Damon Mosler, Elliot Harkavy, Michael Knuppel, Renee Cobb, Adam Kisthardt, Pat Rigdon, Damon Mosler, and Dan Zehnder Wednesday, 23 January 2019
FY 2018 Body-Worn Camera PIP Site Welcome Webinar

This webinar served as an orientation to the FY18 Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program. The intent of this grant program is to help agencies develop, implement, and manage a BWC program as one tool in a law enforcement agency’s comprehensive problem-solving approach to enhance officer interactions with the public, combat crime, and build community trust. During the webinar sites heard from BJA and the training and technical assistance (TTA) provider, CNA Corporation and was also provided introductions of the BJA grant administrators and a brief overview of grant administration requirements. 

John Markovic, Gerardo Velazquez, James “Chip” Coldren, Michael White, and Craig Uchida Tuesday, 6 November 2018
BWCs and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Integration

Integration of BWC and CAD systems can provide agencies with more streamlined information. During this webinar, participants got a chance to hear from sites who discussed their experiences with integrating CAD data into their BWC systems, the challenges they faced in combining both systems, the benefits they have experienced, and lessons learned for other agencies looking to do the same. Participants were able to gain a better understanding of this technology as well as the potential best practices to follow when integrating these technologies. 

John Markovic, Denise Rodriguez, Elliot Harkavy, Sergeant Robert Lisotta, Lieutenant Lilly Hotard, and Captain William Brown Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Regional Approaches to BWC Programs

This webinar examined several issues related to regional approaches to BWC program design and implementation, including the benefits from a regional approach, compromises that will likely need to be made, and planning considerations. The webinar featured a brief presentation on general issues regarding regional models in law enforcement, presentations from several BWC PIP sites that have successfully implemented regional BWC programs, and provided an overview of the key considerations that agencies should attend to during the planning phase of a regional BWC implementation.

John Markovic, Thomas Woodmansee, Jeremy Ihler, Joseph Durso, Karl Knott, Dr. Craig Uchida Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Engaging Prosecutors During BWC Planning, Implementation, and Beyond

This webinar featured National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) Executive Director Nelson Bunn and San Diego Deputy District Attorney and subject expert Damon Mosler. They discussed topics that police departments and prosecutors’ offices should consider during BWC planning and implementation, as well as ways to keep prosecutors involved in the BWC discussion after implementation is complete. In addition to the insights provided by Nelson Bunn and Damon Mosler, the Hogansville, GA, Police Department provided lessons learned and best practices from their experience coordinating with their prosecutor’s office during and after BWC implementation.

John Markovic, James "Chip" Coldren, Nelson Bunn, Damon Mosler, Jeff Shepard, and Michelle Toth Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Beyond Patrol 2: Courtroom Personnel, School Resource Officers, and University Police

This webinar focused 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), reviewed 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  discussed the challenges and benefits of deploying BWCs within these environments.

Tom Woodmansee, Dr. Janne Gaub, Robert Woosley, Erik Villarreal, Ed Book Friday, 18 May 2018
Body-Worn Camera Community Education and Creating Reasonable Expectations

This webinar provided information about how and why it is important to educate the community on the limitations and benefits of Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs). It also discussed the many considerations that must be taken into account when releasing BWC footage, including privacy concerns, victims’ rights, and on-going investigation needs.

John Markovic, Thomas Woodmansee, Brian White, Laura McElroy, and Harold Medlock Tuesday, 3 April 2018
The Impact of BWCs: A look into the findings from the latest research on BWCs

This webinar presented research findings on the impacts of body worn cameras from several selected studies. Early research studies demonstrated that BWCs could generate reductions in both citizen complaints and police use of force. Other studies have shown BWCs can enhance prosecution outcomes and that the technology is supported by both police officers and citizens. Though recent research has had mixed findings on BWC effects on use of force, complaints, and other outcomes, the body of literature on BWCs still characterizes their effect as largely positive, and ongoing research will play an important role in the technology’s continued diffusion.

Mike White, John Markovic, James "Chip" Coldren, and Anita Ravishankar Wednesday, 31 January 2018
The Critical Importance of Body-Worn Camera Policy Development and Review

This webinar reviewed the key trends identified in our review of over 125 BWC PIP policies.  Administrative policy review is a central feature of TTA. The TTA team developed a BWC policy review process to assess the comprehensiveness of BWC policies through a BWC Policy Review Scorecard. Because the policy review process assesses comprehensiveness only and is not prescriptive, agencies vary in the way they deal with specific key issues. 

Mike White, Damon Mosler, John Markovic, James "Chip" Coldren, and Chief Ed Book Friday, 15 December 2017
Body-Worn Camera Policy Implementation Program New Grantee Webinar

This webinar served as an orientation to the FY17 Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Body-Worn Camera Policy Implementation Grant Program. During this webinar, sites heard from BJA and the training and technical assistance (TTA) provider, CNA Corporation. The webinar also familiarized the sites with the goals of the program, the role and value of TTA, provided introductions of the BJA grant administrators, and also gave a brief overview of grant administration requirements. 

John Markovic, Lauren Troy, Gerardo Velazquez, James "Chip" Coldren, Michael White, and Craig Uchida Monday, 20 November 2017
BWC Implementation: Learning from the FY2015 BWC PIP Sites

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) launched the Body-Worn Camera Policy Implementation Project (PIP) in FY 2015 to assist law enforcement agencies with the enhancement or implementation of Body-Worn Camera (BWC) initiatives. The primary goals of PIP are to improve public safety, reduce crime, and improve public trust between police and the citizens they serve. This webinar showcased the progress and lessons learned from three FY15 BWC PIP sites. Representatives from San Antonio, TX, Colorado Springs, CO, and Elgin, IL police departments discussed their reasons for implementing BWCs, the importance of developing a comprehensive policy, how they overcame implementation challenges, and how the BWCTTA was able to assist them in this process.

 

J. Patrick McCreary, Denise Rodriguez, Wayne Alsup, Ana Lalley, and James Patrick Rigdon Monday, 25 September 2017
Beyond Arrest: Prosecutor and defense attorney perspectives

We are learning that the implementation of body worn camera (BWC) technology involves more than just the introduction of new technology into law enforcement. The implementation of body-worn cameras is complex and should involve other justice stakeholders such as prosecutors and defense attorneys. Some of the more important issues for police agencies as the implement their BWC programs are the sharing and transferring of video footage while maintaining a chain of custody, accurate resource planning, and understanding how to best use BWC footage for screening cases and/or charges. This webinar provided participants with varying approaches to these issues from the perspective of both prosecutors and defense attorneys.

John Markovic, Thomas Woodmansee, Kristine Hamann, Damon Mosler, and Erika Bierma Tuesday, 18 July 2017
A Spotlight on BWCs and Training

Implementing body-worn cameras in a police agency has an impact on virtually every key aspect of police operations, including training. With the growing adoption of body-worn cameras, the need for effective law enforcement training is paramount to help ensure that officers have the necessary knowledge and tools to confront the difficult tasks they encounter on a daily basis. This webinar discusses a list of considerations and resources presented by our panelist that will serve as helpful information in support of this challenge. In addition Dr. Charles Katz, Professor at Arizona State University and BWC TTA Subject Matter Expert discussed the BWC TTA Training Guide, which will assist agencies as they develop their BWC training.

John Markovic, Dr. Charles Katz, Commander James Henning, and Captain Daniel Zehnder Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Beyond Patrol Body-Worn Cameras in Specialized Units

This webinar, hosted by BWC TTA partner, Arizona State University (ASU), reviewed the findings from their recently released report on the use of body-worn cameras in specialized units. This webinar also included representatives from local law enforcement agencies who described their experiences in implementing BWCs in non-patrol units. 

Dr. Michael White, Dr. Jane Gaub, Commander Noah Johnson, Lieutenant John Leon, Assistant Chief Michael Petti Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Technology Analytics and Redaction

We are learning that the implementation of body worn camera (BWC) technology involves more than the introduction of new technology into law enforcement. Full implementation of BWCs in a police agency affects key areas of operations and administration, as well as internal and external stakeholders, in significant ways. This webinar discussed research findings about video analytics, and its hidden risks as well as the advantages of available technology. In addition key components of video redaction were presented by subject matter experts in the field.

Craig Uchida, Todd Maxwell, Commander Pat Rigdon, Tom Woodmansee Monday, 27 March 2017
BWC Program Implementation: Highlighting Small Agencies

This webinar discusses different approaches, and best practices to body worn camera (BWC) implementation. Representatives from small police agencies discussed important issues as: RFP process, policy considerations, officer concerns, and training. 

Lieutenant William Kushina, Training Officer Erik Villarreal, Major Ken Caldwell Friday, 24 February 2017
Community Input on BWC Policy Development

External input into the development of body worn camera policies, including justice system and community stakeholders, is a cornerstone of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program (PIP). This webinar discussed principles and practices regarding police-community collaboration, and how these relate to BWC policy development. Several funded PIP sites;Camden County, New Jersey, Police Department, Dinwiddie County, Virginia's Sheriff's Police Department and Beaverton, Oregon Police Department contributed information regarding how they worked with community groups to inform their BWC policy development.

Hildy Saizow, Captain Albert Handy, Major William Knott, Captain Eric Oathes Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Are Officers Following Body-Worn Camera Policy? Considering The Issues Around Assessing Officer Compliance

This webinar discusses different approaches to how police agencies monitor compliance to body worn camera (BWC) policy, and how they manage non-compliance to BWC policy. Representatives from Corpus Christi Police Department, New Orleans Police Department, San Antonio Police Department and Las Vegas Metropolitain Police Department discussed important issues as: how to audit and monitor compliance to BWC policy, adjustments to monitoring over time, variations in responses to officer non-compliance, and constraints due to vendor provisions for monitoring data.

Dr. Michael White, Commander Todd Green, Sergeant Kevin Seuzeneau, Captain Daniel Zehnder Monday, 19 December 2016
FY 2016 Body-Worn Camera Policy Implementation Program: Introduction to Training and Technical Assistance Webinar

This webinar introduced the FY 2016 BWC PIP Sites to the BWC TTA Team and its subject experts. The webinar also discussed available BWC TTA resources and outlined the process for TTA delivery.

Michael Roosa, James "Chip" Coldren, Michael White, Jimmy Steyee Monday, 14 November 2016
Strategic Communications, the Media, and BWC Videos

As body worn cameras are being implemented across the country there is a new expectation for the quick release of footage and information, especially after a deadly use of force incident. This webinar discussed how agencies can best manage and respond to the media and community after a crisis or high profile event that involves deliberate or inadvertent release of video footage. Panelists discussed their strategies and experiences in responding to police critical incidents, as well as recommendations regarding how best to plan for and respond to incidents involving video footage. 

Laura McElroy, Christopher Cook, Damon Mosler, Laura Meltzer Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Straight Talk About Body-Worn Camera Storage

Many cities, trying to implement body worn cameras, have found data storage and related costs to be a major stumbling block. Data retention and storage options are equally important to  understand when building a body worn camera program.This webinar provided both options and solutions to many of the storage issues departments encounter.

Charles Stephenson, Michael Kurtenbach, Christopher Whigham, Mark Leech, James Coldren Friday, 30 September 2016
Building Body-Worn Camera Program Policies

This webinar provided information about the spectrum of policy decisions current agencies are using to operate their body-worn camera program. This will include recommendations on how to meet the BJA requirements, why they are so important, how PIP agencies are faring in the policy review, how to avoid setbacks, and model policy components.
 

Dr. Michael White, Dr. Charles Katz Thursday, 25 August 2016
Body Worn Cameras and Use of Force

This webinar discussed the importance of reviewing and refining the use of force policy in the successful implementation of BWC programs.

Nola Joyce, Dan Zehnder, Harold Medlock, & Tom Woodmansee (facilitator) Tuesday, 26 July 2016
BWC Procurement Dos and Don'ts

This webinar covers lessons learned and best practice related to the body worn camera procurement process. Real world examples and models for the process were presented.

James R. "Chip" Coldren, Jr; Michael Petti; Douglas Wiorek; Craig D. Uchida; & Stephen Fender Monday, 13 June 2016
FY 2015 Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program : An Introduction to Training and Technical Assistance

This webinar was hosted by the CNA team and BJA and provides an introduction to the BWC TTA program to the FY 2015 BWC-PIP sites.

James R. "Chip" Coldren, Jr. & Michael Roosa Friday, 30 October 2015