National Survey on Police Body-Worn Cameras

January 29, 2016

Lafayette Group supports Major Cities Chiefs and the Department of Homeland Security to develop and implement Body-Worn Camera programs. Lafayette Group has focused primarily on technology issues faced by local law enforcement agencies, as implementation of these systems represents an enormous challenge for law enforcement agencies. One recent effort has been to development and conduct comprehensive survey on body-worn cameras for the Major Cities Chiefs and Major County Sheriffs associations.

Sponsored by the DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC), the survey formed the basis for an in-depth report by Lafayette Group personnel that explored issues ranging from the technical and interoperability challenges involved in creating a BWC program to the impact on daily operations of law enforcement personnel. The survey did not address policy issues. That white paper was then distributed by DHS OEC and Major Cities Chiefs to law enforcement officials throughout the country.

On January 21, 2016, Lafayette Group presented the survey findings at a Police Foundation symposium on body-worn cameras at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The event, which was co-sponsored by the Police Foundation, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Association and SafeGov.org, brought together more than 150 law enforcement officials, legal professionals, security and privacy experts and policy advisors. http://www.policefoundation.org/2016-body-worn-camera-symposium/ 

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