The Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance launched the National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit, an online clearinghouse of resources designed to help law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve plan and implement body-worn camera programs. The toolkit consolidates and translates research, promising practices, templates and tools that have been developed by subject matter experts.
"Evidence indicates that the presence of body-worn cameras helps strengthen accountability and transparency, reduce community complaints, and can assist in de-escalating conflicts," said BJA's Director Denise O'Donnell. "Yet the implementation of a body-worn camera program presents significant opportunities and challenges."
The National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit can be found at https://www.bja.gov/bwc/, and focuses on procurement; policies; training; implementation; retention and includes the perspectives of prosecutors, defenders, advocates and community members.