"Over 50% of Agencies Utilizing BWCs"
The percentage of law enforcement agencies in the United States currently utilizing body worn cameras (BWCs) is nearly 50%. The last comprehensive study conducted on the topic was in 2016 by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and they found that nearly half (47%) of the 15,328 general-purpose law enforcement agencies in the United States had acquired BWCs. This number is now inevitably higher.
There are currently seven states that now mandate the statewide use of BWCs by law enforcement officers; another 34 states and the District of Columbia are attempting to form legislation surrounding the use of BWCs, especially for law enforcement officers. This number will increase exponentially during the next few years with the expectation that all 50 states will be legislating this important issue. The number of law enforcement agencies developing policies and procuring BWCs for their staff will grow exponentially along with this legislation.
In addition to state and local law enforcement agencies, the Department of Justice in 2021 ordered its agencies to develop BWC policies and begin a phased implementation to allow DOJ agents to wear BWCs during certain enforcement actions. The trend of BWCs for all is only growing and is not likely to abate.
"BWCs Are Mandated in 7 States"
"Prosecutors Expect Footage Prior to Filing Criminal Charges"
In 2016, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) found the main reasons that local police and sheriffs’ offices had acquired BWCs were to improve officer safety, increase evidence quality, reduce civilian complaints, and reduce agency liability. These are just a few of the many reasons why an agency should, and all eventually will, implement a BWC policy. Another major reason for BWC implementation is that of public expectation and transparency.
Today, public expectation is that all law enforcement agencies utilize body worn cameras. Prosecutors expect footage prior to filing criminal charges; defense attorneys ask if BWC footage exists during the discovery process; news organizations routinely file Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to obtain video of incidents, and on and on. The expectation is one of complete transparency on behalf of law enforcement with regards to ANY public encounter or interaction, and BWC footage is often seen as the cornerstone of that transparency.
The task of developing policy, procuring cameras and then maintaining an entire BWC program may seem daunting to state, county, city and agency legislative, governing and managing bodies, but BWC Solutions are the experts to guide you along the way. With decades of experience in command law enforcement positions, the staff of BWC Solutions is there to assist you.
BWC Solutions is your body worn camera total solutions company. Established by seasoned professionals with subject matter expertise. BWC Solutions can guide, advise, protect, and professionalize any agency’s BWC needs. Whether you are considering adding BWC to your agency or already have cameras and are in need of expert advice on enhancing your established program, Body Worn Camera Solutions is your one stop solution. Solutions, it’s in our name.
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Administrative Cost & Outsourcing
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The administrative cost of a body worn camera program is often overlooked and rarely discussed by companies, industry publications and academic periodicals. The actual device is a fraction of the cost of implementing a BWC program. The storage of videos, the understanding of all the various federal and state privacy laws regarding the recordings, and the overall management of the program and videos involves a tremendous amount of additional costs. BWC Solutions can provide you with trained subject matter experts to manage your program, assist with managing your program, or simply supply you with the manpower necessary on a daily basis.
Differences between contractors and employees involve pay, taxes, benefits, autonomy, flexibility, expertise, onboarding and training. An organization will find that hiring a subject matter expert contractor without paying their taxes, civil service retirement, 401K, paid-time off, health insurance and a myriad of other benefits is one of the most sound financial decisions an organization can make. Contractors do not come with administrative costs, training costs, benefits costs or retirement costs.