Body Camera Use Policies - Best Practices December 08, 2015

Body Camera Use Policies - Best Practices

Both envisioning and meeting the growing need, major agencies and law enforcement association have developed policies concerning the use and management of BWC (Body Worn Cameras). To aid you in developing a policy for your agency, we've surveyed and put together the best practices. To keep things simple, we've laid the best practices in a chronological fashion.

BEGINNING OF SHIFT

  • Officers assigned cameras must use them
  • Cameras must be fully charged
  • Cameras must be tested

WHEN TO RECORD

  • All officer to citizen contacts
  • Warrant executions, arrest and exigent actions from beginning to end
  • During scene investigations

WHEN IT'S OK NOT TO RECORD

  • Victim interviews
  • Interviews of confidential informants (Recordings stopped mid-stream should be annotated)

WHEN AND WHAT NOT TO RECORD

  • During breaks and off-duty periods
  • By request coupled with a reasonable expectation of privacy (e.g. homes, attorney/client meetings)
  • Government offices and meetings

END OF SHIFT

  • All footage must be downloaded
  • All footage must be centrally stored and secured
  • Cameras must be charged and maintained for serviceability
  • Cameras must not be used for personal use

MANAGING FOOTAGE

  • Files must be retained for a period to meet governing law and mitigation of complaints
  • Files must be backed up in accordance with normal data security practices
  • Files must contain patrol id, unit id and time-date information
  • Access to files should follow chain of custody procedures
  • Footage should be used for both supervisory and self-assessment

For further information about best practices for body worn cameras, please contact the MAXSUR team at 1-855-778-6565. You'll find our team complete with veteran law enforcement officers and that can help guide you both with the technology and policies. On the equipment side, we can provide complete body camera system for small teams, to large agencies requiring an enterprise solution. For information about our police body cameras, please click here.

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