The Quarterly
Spring 2018
The Quarterly
The Quarterly will keep our law enforcement agencies and their partners and supporters informed of developments, trends, and news within the BWC field and encourage involvement in our ongoing activities. The Quarterly  provides the most up-to-date tools and technical assistance materials for your continued success in navigating and implementing a long-lasting, successful BWC program. 
In This Issue: 
  • BWC TTA Team Spotlight
  • The Benefits of Body-Worn Cameras
  • Featured BWC TTA Resources
  • Latest Research on BWCs
  • Special Feature: The Body-Worn Camera Training Guide
  • In Case You Missed It
  • Practices from the Field
  • BWCs in the News


The BWC TTA Team Spotlight
Tom Woodmansee
Senior Advisor

Tom Woodmansee is a senior advisor at CNA, working on BWC TTA. Before joining CNA, he worked for the Madison, WI, Police Department for 25 years. He was a patrol officer and an undercover narcotics officer, and spent 13- years as a detective. He also served on the SWAT team, first as a tactical operator, later as a negotiator and then a commander. He oversaw the police academy and several specialized investigative units. Mr. Woodmansee has worked with many agencies around the country on a variety of projects and systems improvements through BJA's Strategies for Policing Innovation program and the National Public Safety Partnership.  

Meet the rest of the BWC TTA Team here.
The Benefits of Body-Worn Cameras: New Findings from a Randomized Controlled Trial at The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Many community stakeholders and criminal justice leaders have suggested placing body-worn cameras (BWCs) on police officers improves the civility of police-civilian encounters and enhances civilian perceptions of police transparency and legitimacy. In response, many police departments have adopted this technology to improve the quality of policing in their communities. However, the existing evaluation evidence on the intended and unintended consequences of outfitting police officers with BWCs is still developing. This study reports the findings of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) involving more than 400 police officers in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). We find that BWC-wearing officers generated significantly fewer complaints and use of force reports relative to control officers without cameras. BWC-wearing officers also made more arrests and issued more citations than their non-BWC-wearing controls, by small margins. In addition, our cost-benefit analysis revealed that savings from the reduction of complaints against officers, and of the time required to resolve such complaints, resulted in substantial cost savings for the police department. Considering that LVMPD had already introduced reforms regarding use of force through a Collaborative Reform Initiative prior to implementing body-worn cameras, these findings suggest that body-worn cameras can have compelling effects while introducing cost savings. 

To read the full report, click here.
Featured BWC TTA Resources
Generic Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Generic Request for Proposals serves as a guide for agencies wishing to obtain body-worn cameras via a competitive process and using a Request for Proposals (RFP) mechanism. It is not meant to supersede any federal, state, or local procurement requirements.  

To read the full document, click here.

 Body-Worn Camera Speakers Bureau

The Body-Worn Camera Speakers Bureau is one part of this comprehensive effort, connecting body-worn camera subject matter experts with associations and agencies that request a speaker at an organized state, local, or tribal event.  

To request the BWC Speakers Bureau, please complete the BWC Speakers Bureau Request form .

Our monthly webinars have covered topics such as  best practices in the BWC procurement process; the importance of reviewing and refining the use-of-force policy in BWC programs; recommendations on how to meet the BJA requirements; the importance of these requirements, how PIP agencies fare in policy review; ways to avoid setbacks, model policy components; data retention and storage options; and ways to manage and respond to the media and community after a crisis- or high-profile event. 

To view previous webinars, please visit our  website  and/or  YouTube Channel 
Latest Research on Body-Worn Cameras
Special Feature: 
The Body-Worn Camera Training Guide
Dr. Charles Katz, Dr. Michael White, and Jessica Herbert

The Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety at Arizona State University (ASU) has developed this facilitator’s guide and accompanying training slides as a resource for law enforcement agencies seeking to develop or modify their body‐worn camera (BWC) training programs. These training materials should be used only as reference documents for agencies developing and deploying BWCs. They are intended to provide guidance and are not designed for yearly continuing training or academy use. Law enforcement agencies should alter the materials as they deem necessary to meet their agency and constituent needs, as well as local and state laws.

To view both the BWC training guide and presentation, click here .
In Case You Missed It!
The Impact of BWCs: A look into the findings from the latest research on BWCs

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m ET, the BWC TTA Team hosted a webinar that presented research findings on the impacts of body-worn cameras from several selected studies. Recent research has had mixed findings on BWC effects on use of force, complaints, and other outcomes. The body of literature on BWCs still characterizes their effect as largely positive, and ongoing research will play an important role in the technology’s continued diffusion.

To view the entire webinar recording, click  here .
Practices from the Field: 
Rapid City, South Dakota
Body-Worn Camera Program :
Rapid City, South Dakota, Police Department

Since the beginning of January 2018, the Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office in South Dakota have been engaged in a three-month pilot program testing three body-worn camera models. Fifteen patrol officers and fifteen patrol deputies were separated into three groups and each group tested the cameras during their daily duties. During regular meetings, officers and deputies identified strengths and weaknesses of the cameras, and helped shape the overall body camera program for both agencies. Beyond capturing interaction with the public and critical incidents, the officers and deputies have relied on the video for writing reports. Video has also been an indispensable tool for patrol sergeants to review use of force. Going into the pilot program, some of the officers and deputies were skeptical. However, now as they near the end of the program, most officers have said they will miss having a camera. They look forward to full implementation of body-worn cameras this summer.

To learn more about the Rapid City, South Dakota Police Department, visit their website .

If your agency would like to be featured in our next Quarterly Newsletter, please contact us .
Body-Worn Cameras in the News
Citizen complaints about police have dropped since officers started wearing body-worn cameras, says Durham, North Carolina Police Chief C.J. Davis. Over the past year, the Police Department has issued 470 body cameras among its roughly 500 sworn officers, completing the roll out, Davis said. There have been fewer citizen and use-of-force complaints, Davis said during her quarterly crime report to the City Council on Monday night.
A small crowd gathered at city hall to discuss policy concerns surrounding body-worn cameras (BWC). The big question during the New Ulm, MN Police Department’s (NUPD) policy meeting involved when the BWCs are on and access to that data. One of the first concerns was of how an officer can decide on when to turn the camera on or off.
Officers with the Hudson, NY Police Department began to test body cameras Monday while on patrol. The department announced the pilot program at the Police Committee meeting of the Common Council on Monday, March 5th. Beginning March 5th, one officer per shift will be outfitted with a body camera during the 60-day trial period, Hudson Police Lt. David Miller said at the meeting.
A bill advancing through the Iowa Legislature would pull together law enforcement officers, attorneys and open records advocates to draft recommendations on the use of police body cameras and the release of footage. As those cameras become increasingly prevalent across the state, concerns about how Iowa law regulates them also are growing, said Iowa Public Information Board Executive Director Margaret Johnson.
Parma, OH police officers are one step closer to wearing body-worn cameras. After receiving word late last year that it was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and Bureau of Justice Assistance, the city recently learned that its camera policy has been approved.
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Points of view or opinions in this content are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-DE-BX-K002 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this content are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.