No longer regarded as another invasive “Big Brother” technique, body-worn cameras are one of the biggest topics in public safety these days and are expected to become standard equipment. Views have evolved as police departments and the public alike, now see these devices as part of the solution to improving the often-complicated relationships between police and the citizens they protect and serve.
Now, more than ever, there is a need to strengthen police-community relations, and wearable cameras can play an important role. But effectively deploying and managing a body-worn camera system is a complex undertaking. A successful program requires well-designed governing policies, usage procedures and training, supported by strong technology to administer, store and secure recorded information. Without a comprehensive plan to address these needs, the integrity of the system is at risk.
However, if done right, police agencies can deliver on these goals, enabling new levels of transparency, trust and accountability, while also supporting higher quality services and improved safety—benefitting both officers and citizens.