Around the country, body worn cameras are becoming an important part of a police department's tech tool kit. However, simply buying these devices isn't enough - policies are needed to ensure proper use and to help officers protect and serve the people in their communities.
A recent report from the Department of Justice states that policies are needed to address recording protocols, data storage and user access. Policies should include which personnel are assigned or permitted to wear cameras and under which circumstances. Mandatory training should be required for all agency personnel who may use or be involved with body-worn cameras. Agencies should require annual refresher courses on camera usage and protocols.
Public safety workforce management software can be used to track training requirements and camera assignments. Renewal notifications can be automated to ensure that annual refresher training has been scheduled. Any cameras requiring repairs can be tracked as it goes in and out of maintenance.
Like any new technology, body-worn cameras have the potential to transform the field of policing. To make sure this change is positive agencies must carefully consider developing body-worn camera policies and practices.
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