IACP Leads the Way on Body-Worn Camera Policies

June 9, 2014

Sarah Guy
703-647-7226 or guy@theiacp.org

Citing urgent need for policy guidance, IACP Provides Membership with Body-Worn Camera Model Policy and Technology Policy Framework Resources

Alexandria, VA – In response to the growing interest in and use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) by law enforcement agencies and the urgent need for policies governing their use, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has assembled a compendium of policy resources for BWCs. The compendium includes three recently released IACP documents: Body-Worn Camera Model Policy, Body-Worn Camera Concepts and Issues Paper, and the Technology Policy Framework.

In announcing the release of these resources, IACP's President, Chief Yousry "Yost" Zakhary (City of Woodway, Texas), stated, "The IACP recognizes that technology plays a critical and increasingly important role in the daily work of law enforcement officers in the field, equipping them with enforcement and investigative tools that have the potential to make them safer, better informed, and more effective and efficient." President Zakhary continued, "To promote public confidence in, and maximize the benefits of this technology, the IACP believes it is imperative that law enforcement agencies create and enforce comprehensive policies governing the deployment and use of BWCs and other technologies and the data they provide. In order to assist agencies in this effort, the IACP is making the compendium of technology policy resources immediately available to all 23,000 IACP members at no cost."

A growing number of law enforcement agencies are adopting BWCs to document interactions during police-suspect encounters, at crime and incident scenes, and during traffic stops. In many instances, law enforcement agencies have found BWCs useful for officers in the favorable resolution of both administrative and criminal complaints and as a defense resource in cases of civil liability. BWCs provide a clearly documented, firsthand, objective account of what was said and what occurred during the incident in question. In addition, BWCs can provide investigators, prosecutors, and juries with far more detailed, accurate, and compelling evidence. Experience has also shown that BWCs have a positive influence on the behavior of officers themselves, promoting accountability and serving as an important training aid.

The documents contained in the compendium were created in consultation with law enforcement executives and subject matter experts representing IACP Divisions, Committees, Sections, the IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center, and other organizations and groups. Established in 1987, the IACP's National Law Enforcement Policy Center is a partnership between the IACP and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. For more information regarding the Policy Center, please visit www.theiacp.org/policycenter or www.theiacp.org/MPBodyWornCameras.


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