If there isn’t a video, how can we really know what happened? This question — with all of its implications about trust and credibility for law enforcement agencies — is behind growing calls from the public for use of body-worn cameras in routine policing. In response, as many as one-third of agencies nationwide are actively planning camera programs; many have already implemented programs or are conducting pilots.
Agencies looking to implement body cameras need to carefully consider the policies, technology infrastructure and operational decisions necessary for an effective program. This handbook highlights key planning questions as well as insights from agencies initiating their own programs. Checklists and resources help further an agency’s exploration in each planning area.