Principles and practices for implementing body cameras for law enforcement

November 2016

miniatura-postBy Robert Muggah, Emile Badran, Bruno Siqueira and Justin Kosslyn

New technologies are revolutionizing the way governments provide services, including law enforcement. Around the world, police departments are investing in predictive analytics, digital forensics, data mining systems and crime mapping platforms to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their work. They are also experimenting with mobile technologies to strengthen communication and outreach. One such device – on-officer recording systems, or body-worn cameras (BWC) – is catching on. The introduction of BWCs has the potential to transform policing. If implemented with appropriate checks and balances, BWCs can potentially improve oversight over police officers and strengthen their accountability to citizens. This Strategic Paper aims to discuss principles and practices for implementing body cameras for law enforcement in order to achieve better effectiveness.

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