BWC Lessons from Early Adopters

Police Body-Worn Cameras

Lessons from the Early Adopters

Early users cite numerous practical applications and benefits from having law enforcement officers wear cameras, including:

• Documenting evidence. Cameras provide evidentiary benefits, including expedited resolution of citizen complaints and lawsuits.

• Officer training. With capture of in-the-moment officer behavior, video presents excellent training and coaching opportunities for how best to handle an incident.

• Preventing and resolving complaints brought by members of the public. Improvements have been shown in both police and citizen behavior when cameras are worn in a visible location.

• Strengthening police accountability. Cameras provide transparency, which can improve police accountability and performance.


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