Privacy v. Transparency in Massachusetts

Interesting article on Worcester Police Department’s body camera pilot program. Like most departments, Worcester will find itself balancing privacy and transparency. According to the article, MassLive submitted a public records request to the department for video which was granted. However, MassLive goes on to say that they didn’t publish all the videos because “in most[…]

Excellent Example of Department Transparancy

Chief Jeffrey Smythe, of the Burlington NC police department, demonstrated the positive value of releasing body-worn camera video in an effort quell community unrest after a controversial arrest. It’s a shame he had get a court order to do so. Read the media posting first: https://www.wfmynews2.com/article/news/crime/burlington-police-assault-on-officer/83-652b608f-17f0-4456-907f-8ead739df10f Then watch the excellent YouTube video released by the[…]

Body-Worn Camera Records: Law, Policy & Practice

Just completed instructing Body-worn Camera Records: Law, Policy and Practice, back-to-back, with capacity attendees at Ft. Bragg CA. and Titusville FL. Great participation at both sites. Thanks to both host departments. This two day course provides in-depth practical information including legal requirements and best practices combined with a hands-on policy development exercise. Topics include: ·      BWC agency Philosophy, Policy, Privacy[…]

How Body-Worn Cameras Can Allow Police to Apply a Risk Management Lens to Use of Force

This is first in a series of articles I’ve written for “In View” on the CNA Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance Website: Body-worn cameras (BWCs) are rapidly being deployed in police departments around the country. These deployments come with a host of expectations, as well as challenges. Departments shouldn’t overlook, or underestimate, the simple premise[…]

Police Body Cameras: What Do You See?

Great article by Professor Seth Stoughton, Assistant Professor at University of South Carolina School of Law, on what body-worn cameras can really “see”. The most impactful excerpt:  This confirms what Professor Stoughton has found in his own presentations with judges, lawyers and students: What we see in police video footage tends to be shaped by what[…]