The Quarterly
Summer 2019
The Quarterly
The Quarterly keeps our law enforcement agencies and their partners and supporters informed of developments, trends, and news within the body-worn camera (BWC) field and encourages 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
  • Spotlight on BWC Resource
  • Featured BWC TTA Resources
  • Latest Research on BWCs
  • Special Feature: LE Tech Talks Podcast Series
  • In Case You Missed It!
  • Practices from the Field
  • BWCs in the News

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The BWC TTA Team Spotlight
Elliot Harkavy

Elliot Harkavy has nearly 30 years’ experience in homeland security, strategic planning, market strategy, competitive intelligence, IT planning and operations improvement. Mr. Harkavy spent 4 years with the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments (MWCOG) coordinating law enforcement across the National Capital Region (NCR) and 8 years with the Department of Homeland Security as part of FEMA’s Operations directorate and Office of Disability Integration and Coordination. In his capacity with MWCOG, he worked with over 1700 public safety officials across the NCR to identify, plan for, respond to and recover from public safety threats. He convened over 27 regional public safety committees, subcommittees and working groups, including the Regional Police Chiefs and Corrections Chiefs Committees and subcommittees addressing training, special operations units, technologies, including Communications, Body Worn Cameras, Drones and numerous other issues central to modern law enforcement.

Meet the rest of the BWC TTA team here.
Spotlight on BWC Resource
Digital Evidence Integration Webinar, 2019

Digital evidence integration is a process which optimally compiles videos, photographs, electronic files, and other digital data into a common repository or system so that the evidence can be viewed holistically, in one place, for a common evidentiary view of a given case. Digital evidence may include, but is not limited to, the following: body-worn camera video, in-car video, automated license plate reader images, etc. During this webinar, participants heard from BWC site representatives who discussed their experiences with digital evidence integration, the challenges they faced, the benefits they have experienced, and lessons learned for other agencies looking to do the same. Deputy District Attorney and BWC TTA Lead, Damon Mosler, discussed how digital evidence management impacts the prosecutor's office. Participants gained a better understanding of digital evidence integration as well the potential best practices to follow when using this approach. 
Featured BWC TTA Resources
Key Trends in BWC Policy and Practice

CNA, ASU, and JSS developed a BWC policy review process to assess the comprehensiveness of BWC policies, which is assessed through a BWC Policy Review Scorecard. This report describes the results of an analysis of 212 policies from FY 2015 (n=54), FY 2016 (n=75), and FY 2017 (n=83) grantees.

Read the report here.

Site Requested TTA Meeting Summaries
As a part of the Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program, funded sites can request an on-site TTA meeting. During these meetings, sites receive assistance and presentations from CNA’s cadre of subject experts on topics relevant to their departments.

Read the report here and request your own TTA meeting here .

BWC Community Presentation Template

The community presentation template contains a series of PowerPoint™ slides covering several issues pertaining to Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs). The BWC technical assistance team prepared these slides for use by representatives from local jurisdictions who have the need or desire to make presentations on BWCs (e.g., to their police department, to local government officials, to local justice system agencies, to community members or groups).

View the presentation template here.
Latest Research on Body-Worn Cameras
Special Feature:  
LE Tech Talks Podcast Series
The “LE Tech Talks” podcast series, developed by the BWC TTA team, consists of both interviews and audio resources. The first five episodes of the series include an interview with a Captain in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority Police Department, an audio resource on creating a crisis communication plan, an overview of BWC resources, tips for overcoming BWC technological issues, and a discussion of BWC successes and challenges. Future podcasts will cover such topics as training and management, BWC implementation strategies, and communication. Look for more episodes in this exciting series soon!

To listen to the LE Tech Talks podcasts, click here.
In Case You Missed It!
2019 Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance National Meeting Summary

On April 9-10, 2019, the BWC TTA team, in partnership with BJA, held the 2019 Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance National Meeting in Arlington, Virginia. This meeting was intended for the designated FY 2018 BWC Policy and Implementation Program (PIP) sites, members of the BWC Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Team, subject matter experts (SMEs), and representatives from BJA.

To view the meeting materials, including summary report, attendee guide, and session slides, clic here .
Practices from the Field
Body-Worn Camera Program:
  Pemberton Township, New Jersey, Police Department

The Pemberton Township Police Department received a fiscal year 2018 Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) BWC Policy and Implementation Program (PIP) grant. Since the grant was awarded, the agency has successfully completed its policy review scorecard, confirming it completed a comprehensive and deliberate BWC policy development process. BJA reviewed and approved Pemberton Township's scorecard in June 2019.

At the time of the grant award, the Pemberton Township Police Department had three Police Chaplains of various religious denominations that are sworn and considered members of the police department. The Pemberton Township Police Department has leveraged the interaction with their respective congregations, the local ministerium (council of churches) and other community stakeholders to convene several presentations on BWC implementation, show different variations of the equipment, discuss best practices and policy and ultimately incorporate the realistic ideas and concerns of these community stakeholders into their policy and implementation plan.

BWC implementation has enhanced transparency and accountability. The Pemberton Township Police Department delivered training to all sworn officers on how this technology is to be utilized and the purposes for its use. Externally, the BWC project has given the community another level of confidence and legitimacy towards the agency.
During the policy development process, the department worked closely with its community to gather feedback on the development and deployment of their BWC program including a community forum on March 26, 2019. The presentation included information on why the Pemberton Township Police Department decided to implement BWCs, how they will train officers on BWCs, and how they will develop policies on BWCs. The presentation is available as a resource on the BWC TTA website here and an example of how agencies can engage their community on these important topics around BWCs. 

If your agency would like to be featured in the next issue of The Quarterly , please contact us .
Body-Worn Cameras in the News
After nearly two years of planning, research and testing, every uniformed officer in the Cedar Rapids Police Department has been outfitted with a body-worn camera and trained how to use it. The project, which began nearly two years ago as a pilot program with a few officers, has grown into one that involves all uniformed officers and integrates the department’s entire video tool kit.
The Syracuse Police Department has started a mandatory four-week campaign to collect community input on its body-worn cameras, and released a survey. A federal grant requires that the city collect the information to receive money for the cameras. The city has been awarded state and federal grants in recent years that can be used to buy and manage body-worn cameras.
Incredible footage from a police officer's body camera showed a harrowing rescue of four people from two cars involved in a crash that were eventually engulfed in flames. The officers from the Camden County Police Department and Delaware River Port Authority, as well as civilian motorists, helped to free the victims by shattering the windows of the vehicles to pull out two men before the car was completely engulfed in flames. 
Almost every interaction between Schenectady police and the public will now be captured on camera. Schenectady Police are finalizing their new body camera program. They just started rolling out their new models in January, after almost a year of looking for the right fit.
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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 US 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 US 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 US Department of Justice.