July 24, 2019

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Body Cameras' Effect on Field Interviews 
A new study published by the National Police Foundation (NPF) examines how the use of body cameras affects victim and witness interactions with police officers who are wearing them. The study, Do Body Cameras Affect the Quality of Victim-Police Interactions in Field Interviews?, was prompted by previous research efforts that have suggested body cameras may have significant impacts on officer use of force and on citizen complaints against the police, as well as privacy concerns and reticence in having an official video record of speaking with police. A 2015 study identified this last point, the effect of body cameras on citizens willingness to cooperate with police, as one of the top five areas for research.
The NPF study used an experimental design examining the quality of information provided to police by victims and witnesses under three conditions:
  1. Officer does not have a body camera
  2. Officer with a body camera requests permission to record interview
  3. Officer with a body camera notifies victim or witness that they are being recorded and switches off camera only if explicitly requested to do so by citizen
Consistent with some other previously conducted research, the NPF study did not find differences between any of these conditions in victim ratings of their interaction with a police officer. No victim objected to being recorded in the 321 incidents that researchers observed and in 98 percent of the interactions observed in which officers wore cameras, victims did not visibly react to being recorded, even when being told that they were being filmed.
This information is valuable for our campus communities as more colleges and universities are outfitting their sworn officers with body cameras. From the University of Texas at Austin to Wake Forest University and Northwestern, body cameras are becoming standard issue equipment and understanding how this technology impacts interactions between officers and students or others on campus grounds is integral to effective use.
The Body-Worn Camera Toolkit, created by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, is also an important resource for all campus law enforcement agencies. The resources, including podcasts, videos, trainings, support strategies to improve public safety, reduce crime, and strengthen relationships between police and their local community.
For additional resources on this topic, please visit our online library and use the search tag "body worn cameras."

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Download the BMAP fact sheet (PDF)
IEDs and Bomb-Making Awareness and Prevention

The Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) is in charge of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts to implement the national policy for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (PDF). This policy was originally set by the Obama administration to establish and implement measures to discover, prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate improvised explosive devices (IED) attacks and their consequences at home or abroad.
OBP manages the Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP), which is designed to be integrated into existing state and local outreach and liaison programs-such as Information Liaison Officer (ILO) or Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO)-community policing efforts, and private sector security and training programs. With school and campus bomb threats continuing to occur year after year, building a BMAP on your campus can help build local awareness about how powerful explosives can be built from common consumer goods. This is a proactive safety approach your campus can build into existing prevention programming, training, and outreach.

The benefits of a BMAP include:
  • Increasing public and private sector awareness of those everyday products that terrorists and criminals can use to make a bomb or other dangerous device.
  • Providing public awareness and education to help businesses and their employees identify and report suspicious purchasing behaviors of common items that can be used to make bombs.
  • Promoting a community of informed and vigilant business partners who serve as the nation's counter-IED "eyes-and-ears" as the first line of defense in providing early detection of suspicious sales and activities.
  • Encouraging a stronger relationship between businesses and local, particularly campus, law enforcement agencies, reinforcing the foundation of effective community safety and security.
All training courses offered by OBP and BMAP are available at no cost and are available through multiple platforms to meet stakeholders needs. For more information about how to receive a training and become a BMAP partner, visit the BMAP website or contact OBP via email.

Those looking for additional resources and information on IEDs, including evolving techniques, tactics, lessons learned, and daily reporting on incidents, can register for TRIPwire . TRIP wire, the Technical Resource for Incident Prevention, is DHS' secure, online, collaborative information-sharing and resource portal for the nation's security and emergency services professionals across federal, state, local, and tribal sectors. Registration is free.
Additional information and resources on explosives can be found in our July 11, 2018 article, "The Threat of Homemade Explosives."  

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: URMIA's 50th Annual Conference 
Organization: URMIA
Dates: September 16-19, 2019 
Location: Boston, MA 
Fee: Registration Fee 
Title: Campus Crime Prevention  
Organization: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services 
Dates: September 24-26, 2019
Location: Portsmouth, VA 
Fee: Free to members of target audience 
Title: Increasing Equity in Sexual Misconduct Response Procedures  
Organization: Clery Center   
Date: October 15, 2019  
Location: Online  
Fee: Free for Members or $99 

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the 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 Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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