Almost All Police Departments Plan to Use Body Cameras

Even though every cop will likely wear a recording device in the not-too-distant future, a new report reveals there’s little consensus about how to use them.

So far, only 18% of agencies considered their body cameras “fully operational” last year. Just 5% indicated that they either don’t intend to implement body cameras or chose not to do so after completing pilot programs. And it is expected that all departments will eventually redact released videos, although many agencies won’t record inside private homes or under other specific circumstances.

Once body camera programs are implemented, police departments will most likely grant other public agencies access to their video systems.

For more on this read the following article from Governing Magazine.

Survey: Almost All Police Departments Plan to Use Body Cameras
January 26th, 2016 | Mike Maciag

Nearly every large police department in a new nationwide survey said it plans to move forward with body-worn cameras, with 95 percent either committed to body cameras or having completed their implementation. But as body cameras become more common, police will face a host of policy issues they must sort out.

The survey, conducted by the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs’ Association, asked 70 law enforcement agencies around the country about their plans for implementing body-worn recording devices. Results of the survey shed light on the different policy approaches police are taking.

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