BWC TTA Updates

2018 Body-Worn Camera Training & Technical Assistance National Meeting

On March 27-28, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and CNA’s Training and Technical Assistance team will host the 2018 National Meeting of the Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program (BWC-PIP). This meeting is primarily intended for the designated FY 2017 BWC Policy Implementation Program (PIP) grant agencies.  

This meeting will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss new and emerging issues regarding body worn cameras as well as review site progress, accomplishments, common challenges and forward looking strategies. BJA staff will be on hand to provide guidance on procurement processes, grant adjustment protocols, and performance measurement tracking. Most importantly this meeting is an opportunity to network with other FY 2017 BWC PIP sites and help facilitate development of successful BWC programs.

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BWCs in the News

Its small, just a few inches, but it could be the future of law enforcement. A hi-tech link; a lifeline for police and an eyewitness for civilians. “The officer gets to tell their story," Terry O’Shea tells us. “At the end of the day, it’s about capturing that video. Creating that transparency.”  Over the past four years, Las Vegas has seen first-person video from police body cameras. It provides a cop’s point of view during critical calls. Officer involved shootings are all reviewed to see if the police were justified in their use of force. Other times, like when Seattle Seahawks star Michael Bennett was tackled and arrested, it’s what we didn't see that captured headlines. Bennet claims police threatened his life. The officer who arrested him didn't turn his body camera on. A company called Safariland thinks they have a solution.

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In View Commentary: What Have We Learned from The BWC Implementation Program So Far?

Check out a new "In View" commentary piece from Denise Rodriguez, BWC TTA Project Manager and Research Scientist, CNA, Institute for Public Research

The BWC TTA team has gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and challenges agencies face when implementing a BWC program. This piece discusses  key findings and lessons learned the BWC TTA team has gained fromm BWC PIP sights over the past two years.  

To read the full commentary, click here.

New Resource: Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in the Bureau of Justice Assistance Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program

Law enforcement agencies funded through the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program (PIP) are not required to collaborate with research partners as part of their grant award. Nevertheless, a number of agencies indicated in their grant proposals that they would partner with outside researchers to conduct process or impact (or both) evaluations. In fact, 31 of the 189 agencies (16 percent) funded in FY 2015 and FY 2016 reported they would engage with a research partner during their grant period. To better understand these partnerships, the Arizona State University research team developed a survey to capture information about the proposed researcher-practitioner partnerships.

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