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*UPDATE* BODY-WORN CAMERA FUNDING

Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Funding Opportunities by States    Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have legislated funding opportunities for state and local police departments to purchase body camera equipment, hire new support staff and operate or purchase data systems. California (for a pilot program) and Nevada (for full department implementation) appropriated funds to their state highway patrols to implement body camera programs. California also authorized the Board of State and Community Corrections to provide grants to local law enforcement agencies for initiatives that strengthen community-police relations, including any one-time body camera program costs. North Carolina and Texas created matching grant programs to support law enforcement agencies in the development of their body camera programs. In North Carolina, the fund will be administered by the Governor's Crime Commission and agencies must provide $2...

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Do body-worn cameras improve police behavior?

by Jennifer L. Doleac   "Police departments across the United States are facing a crisis of confidence. Bystanders have recorded on cell phone video a large number of incidents where officers appear to unjustifiably harm or kill civilians, sparking outrage across the country and making us wonder what additional abuses our cameras have missed. Communities are no longer willing to take police officers’ word for it that force was necessary in violent incidents, and this lack of trust makes it difficult for police to do their jobs. In response, citizens and legislators have called for all officers to use body-worn cameras (BWCs) so that all interactions with civilians are recorded. Many people are hopeful that this technology will facilitate cultural...

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Technologies you need for a Body-Worn Camera Solution

Know the technologies for your New and/or Upgrade Body-Worn Camera Solution so you can avoid Calgary PD issue.  Technical glitches have forced the Calgary Police Service to scrap its current body-worn camera program and start over from scratch. Deputy police chief James Hardy says it’s back to Square 1 for the cameras, which were expected to be rolled out for all officers early in 2017. “Unfortunately, that’s the case. It’s a huge disappointment” said Hardy. http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/initially-set-to-roll-out-early-next-year-glitches-force-police-to-start-from-scratch-on-body-cameras   Technologies you need for a Body-Worn Camera Solution 1. Body-Worn Camera ie BMPproElite Considerations for the hardware include activation method, recording capacity, recording resolution, battery life, durability, mounting method and whether the video can be seen in the field.The Body-Worn Camera (BWC) should include...

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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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