Body-worn cameras are an effective law enforcement tool that can reduce violent confrontations and complaints against officers. Body-worn cameras provide additional documentation of police-public encounters and may be an important tool for collecting evidence and maintaining public trust. It is recommended that agencies adopt a written policy that addresses the use of body cameras that includes camera activation, along with guidelines for the report, review, or release of any recordings. Additionally, this policy should include “mandatory” usage requiring officers to document occurrences where they are not used.
PSOP-008, Body, Camera, Procedure