body worn cameras

Join the Justice Clearinghouse for the webinar “The Latest Research and Policy Issues Surrounding the Use of Body-Worn Cameras in Law Enforcement” on Tuesday, August 7 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will review several studies that examine both the positive outcomes and the challenging issues related to the use of body-worn cameras in law enforcement.

Webinar - The Latest Research and Policy Issues Surrounding the Use of Body-Worn Cameras in Law Enforcement

Police body-worn cameras (BWCs) have diffused rapidly in law enforcement in the United States and abroad over the last few years. The rapid diffusion of police BWCs has been driven, in part, by findings from a handful of early research studies which suggest cameras can produce a range of positive outcomes, including reductions in use of force and citizen complaints, enhanced prosecution outcomes, and increased perceptions of procedural justice among citizens.

Webinar - Body Worn Cameras for Police Departments

Body worn cameras (BWCs) have been in the news for the past couple of years. To better educate local governments on the trending issues surrounding this topic, Leonard Matarese will lead a discussion with the CNA Institute for Public Research, which directs and coordinates technical assistance regarding BWCs for the hundreds of police agencies that have received funding in recent years from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) under the BWC Policy and Implementation Program (PIP). 

What Law Enforcement Agencies Need to Know to Implement a Successful Body-Worn Camera Program

Early research indicates that the deployment of police body-worn cameras (BWCs) may generate numerous benefits for a law enforcement agency, from enhanced legitimacy and transparency to reductions in violence between citizens and police. However, more recent research has been mixed in terms of impact. One potential reason for the mixed findings involves poor implementation. BWC programs come with a high degree of difficulty, and the potential for implementation failure is significant.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has released the remaining podcasts for the BJA Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Podcast Series. The below interviews are moderated by BJA Senior Policy Advisors Mike Roosa and Carmen Facciolo, as well as BJA Contractor, Todd Maxwell. The subject-matter experts in the BWC interviews share their practical experiences involving the research, implementation, policy formation, and other areas of interest that are trending around BWCs.

On Monday, September 21, Vice President Biden and Attorney General Lynch announced in a live broadcast that the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has awarded over $23 million in funding for the Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Implementation Program (PIP). The BWC PIP, announced in May 2015, includes $19.3 million to purchase BWCs, $2 million for training and technical assistance (TTA), and $1.9 million to examine the impact of their use.