Public Recording of Police

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The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), with funding from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), is developing a training toolkit addressing the public’s right to record police officers.  This training focuses on the public’s First Amendment right to record, limitations of this right, common police responses to recording individuals, strategies for diffusing and deflecting police-civilian confrontations, and how and when video equipment or recordings can be seized.  This toolkit, expected to be released in early 2016, will include an Instructor’s Guide, Officer Study Guide, PowerPoint Presentation, and Training Video.

Click here to download the Public Recording of Police Overview – Trifold Brochure.

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