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Police Body-Worn Camera law signed by Michigan governor

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Beginning in January, Michigan will have rules in place for the disclosure and retention of audio or video recordings from body cameras worn by police officers. Legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder Wednesday exempts the recordings from public-records request under certain circumstances, including if the recordings were made in a "private place." Recordings also will be kept private during ongoing criminal or internal investigations but only for listed reasons such as public disclosure interfering with law enforcement proceedings or invading personal privacy. Body camera recordings retained as part of civil lawsuits will not be considered public records. The law also requires law enforcement agencies that use body-worn cameras to develop a written policy regarding their use...

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“Free Offer” or "It's a Trap"

[One of the Body-Worn Camera company], the market leader in video evidence systems for law enforcement has issued the following response to the recent offer of free body cameras by Axon Industries (AAXN), formerly Taser International (TASR), and their challenge to other competitors in the body camera space. “Believes that companies who serve the law enforcement community should be held to a high standard of ethics, and the standard for companies that manage criminal evidence should be even higher. The “Free Offer” promoted by Taser®/Axon® (AAXN) last week for law enforcement agencies, in our opinion, represents their latest maneuver to avoid the competitive bid process and a mechanism to logistically force agencies into a costly, long-term Evidence.com® subscription. Agencies that...

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Protective or Invasive?

The use of body cameras by front line police and other uniformed enforcement agencies is increasing at an unstoppable rate both in the US and UK. In the UK, video cameras have been seen primarily as a way of supporting police officers to better enforce order or collect evidence. Whereas in the US, their use has been very much driven by the need to control police behavior – particularly in light of the high number of police shootings of young black men. The first study in the UK to evaluate the blanket roll out of cameras to all front line officers in a single jurisdiction was carried out on the Isle of Wight. And our research showed that public order...

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Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Course # 8158

From - https://www.tcole.texas.gov/content/body-worn-cameras   This guide is designed to assist the instructor in developing an appropriate lesson plan or plans to teach the course learning objectives. The learning objectives are the minimum required content of the Body Worn Camera course. This course is required before a law enforcement agency can implement a body worn camera program. Note to Trainers: it is the responsibility of the coordinator to ensure this curriculum and its materials are kept up to date. Refer to curriculum and legal resources for changes in subject matter or laws relating to this topic as well as the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement website at www.tcole.texas.gov for edits due to course review. Target Population: Peace Officers who will wear body...

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Indiana law prompts a rethink of Body-Worn Cameras

House Bill 1019 unanimously passed both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly earlier this year, and Gov. Mike Pence signed it into law in March. But the new requirements have triggered concerns from some police agencies about the data storage costs and administrative hurdles that didn’t previously exist. [...] Police departments, sheriff’s offices and other local agencies must retain the footage for 190 days – and, in some cases, for years. Police also must let those who are filmed view the recordings, and allow members of the public to receive copies of a video, but only after agencies obscure the identities of undercover officers, crime victims and children.   Talk with us about how local storage solutions from Black Mamba...

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