Policy-based recording is a gamechanger for police bodycams

How technology and policy are working hand in hand to improve the utility of body-worn cameras


 

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Body-worn cameras first began to be deployed in the mid-2000s in the UK and the early 2010s in the United States, primarily to capture on-scene statements and video evidence relating to domestic violence incidents. The use of these cameras soon morphed into a police “monitoring” tool in order to “catch” officers doing something wrong. In reality, the majority of body-worn camera videos show officers doing professional and heroic work while facing extreme danger, as well as dispute fraudulent citizen complaints against LEOs.

On this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley chats with Jason Dombkowski, who serves as director of law enforcement relations for BodyWorn by Utility, Inc., and Bill McAuliffe, the director of professional services for Lexipol, about new BWC technologies and policy-based recording that are helping improve officer safety.

Jason retired as Chief of Police in January 2019 after 25 years of service with the West Lafayette (Indiana) Police Department. Under his leadership, his agency was the first law enforcement agency to deploy police body-worn cameras in Indiana in 2012. Bill is a 22-year veteran of law enforcement who served in positions including patrol watch commander, professional services lieutenant, chief pilot and jail commander.

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