Quotes from the COPS & PERF Body-Worn Camera Forum

"Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program Recommendations and Lessons Learned"

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“Although body-worn cameras are just one tool, the quality of information that they can capture is unsurpassed. With sound policy and guidance, their evidentiary value definitely outweighs any drawbacks or concerns.”

– Jason Parker, Chief of Police, Dalton (Georgia) Police Department


“In London we have CCTVs, which are quite extensive and becoming even more so, but the distinction is that those cameras don’t listen to your conversations. They observe behavior and see what people do and cover public space, so you can see if there is a crime being committed. But CCTVs don’t generally seek out individuals. So I think there is an important distinction there.” – Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner, London Metropolitan Police Service


“For the [American Civil Liberties Union], the challenge of on-officer cameras is the tension between their potential to invade privacy and their strong benefit in promoting police accountability. Overall, we think they can be a win-win—but only if they are deployed within a framework of strong policies to ensure they protect the public without becoming yet another system for routine sur­veillance of the public, and maintain public confidence in the integrity of those privacy protections. Without such a framework, their accountability benefits would not exceed their privacy risks.”

– “Police Body-Mounted Cameras: With Right Policies in Place, a Win for All” (New York: ACLU, 2013).


“In a sensitive investigation, such as a rape or child abuse case, if you have a victim who doesn’t want to be recorded, I think you have to take that into account. I think that you cannot just arbitrarily film every encounter. There are times when you’ve got to give your officers some discretion to turn the camera off. Of course, the officers should be required to articulate why they’re not recording or why they’re shutting it off, but we have to give them that discretion.” – Charlie Beck, Chief of Police, Los Angeles Police Department


“Legitimacy in policing is built on trust. And the notion of video-recording every interac-tion in a very tense situation would simply not be a practical operational way of deliv-ering policing. In fact, it would exacerbate all sorts of problems. In the United Kingdom, we’re also subject to human rights legisla-tion, laws on right to privacy, right to family life, and I’m sure you have similar statutes. It’s far more complicated than a blanket policy of ‘every interaction is filmed.’ I think that’s far too simplistic. We have to give our officers some discretion. We cannot have a policy that limits discretion of officers to a point where using these devices has a negative effect on community-police relations.” – Sir Hugh Orde, President, Association of Chief Police Officers (UK)


Full report / guidance at http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/472014912134715246869.pdf



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