On-Demand Webinar: Start preparing for police camera mandates
Find out what you need to know about broader policy reforms and funding for upcoming requirements
Webinar sponsored by BodyWorn by Utility, Inc.
New laws being implemented nationwide are calling on law enforcement agencies to figure out, fund and shore up comprehensive body-worn and in-car camera programs. But there is a lot more to checking the box than buying cameras. Under the mandates, agencies will need to establish a timeline for implementation, research and understand community costs and budget constraints, obtain grants, develop body-worn camera rules and procedures, manage digital evidence requirements and establish reporting. Part of larger legislative reforms, these mandates can be complicated in how they are funded and pose cost and data management complexity for agencies.
Watch on demand and get your department ready:
- Learn what most states will require of your agency’s body cameras and in-car cameras
- Get tips on how to assess the needs of your agency and develop a holistic approach for your camera program
- Find out how to apply for government grants
Sheriff Manuel Gonzales, Bernalillo County Sheriff Office, New Mexico
Sheriff Gonzales has served in all divisions, commands and shifts within the Sheriff’s Office over the span of 24 years. He is a veteran, having served honorably in the United States Marine Corps.
Gonzales reviewed his experience with the state’s new law requiring all departments to create policies and procedures for police cameras. Requirements include creating officer instructions on when to turn on their body camera, how long they should stay on and when they can turn them off, as well as disciplinary rules for deviating from department body camera and in-car camera directives.
Chief David Hayes, Louisville Police Department, Colorado
Chief Hayes serves as Chief of Police for Louisville, and has worked in law enforcement for more than 40 years. He was elected second vice-president of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police in 2020 and serves as chair of the state-wide Public Safety Communications Subcommittee. In 2014, Hayes received the Boulder Police Department Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hayes discussed Colorado's new law requiring departments to issue body-worn cameras to their officers by July 1, 2023. Body cameras will need to start recording when officers respond to a call for service or during any interaction with the public, including in court rooms. While the new law does not require video in several circumstances, comprehensive annual reporting must detail all use of force, unannounced entry and metrics for other activities.
Chief Jason Dombkowski, Director of Law Enforcement Relations, BodyWorn by Utility, Inc.
Chief Dombkowski retired in January 2019 after 25 years of service with the West Lafayette Police Department (WLPD). He served as the Indiana city’s Chief of Police from 2008 – 2019. Under his leadership, the WLPD was the first law enforcement agency to deploy police body-worn cameras in the state, beginning in 2012. Dombkowski is also a body-worn camera subject matter expert for the U.S. Department of Justice.
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