For police body cameras, big costs loom in storing footage

The rush to outfit police officers with body cameras after last summer's unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, threatens to saddle local governments with steep costs for managing the volumes of footage they must keep for months or even years, according to contracts, invoices and company data reviewed by The Associated Press.

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Review of police body cameras could cost localities. But those in charge of reviewing footage don't agree on their responsibilities.

State lawmakers are poised to consider a measure that could cost some localities hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for more attorneys to review police-worn body camera footage. But the prosecutors charged with reviewing the footage don’t agree on their responsibilities.

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New Orleans' Police Use Of Body Cameras Brings Benefits And New Burdens

In 2014, the New Orleans Police Department made a bold move into body cameras, requiring all uniformed officers to wear them and record their contact with the public.

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Prosecutors face 'crushing burden' as police body cam footage used in court

In Greater Williamsburg, body cameras haven’t fundamentally changed policing, according to each localities’ police department. But use of the devices has fundamentally changed the way local Commonwealth’s Attorneys prepare and prosecute cases.

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Police body cameras mean extra work for prosecutors. Cities and state spar over who should pay.

The Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will have to watch more than 14,000 hours of footage a year when city police arm 450 of their officers with body cameras.

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Police Body Cameras

Police body cameras mean extra work for prosecutors. Cities and state spar over who should pay.

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Police Body Cameras: Do They Reduce Complaints of Officer Misconduct?

In today’s technologically-savvy age of the smart phone, almost anyone can record and share live video footage of events in real time.

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Police Body Cameras: Top 3 Pros and Cons

Police body cameras are small cameras, often worn on an officer's chest or head, with a microphone to capture sound and internal data storage to save footage for later review.

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St. Paul, Minn., Publishes Findings from Review of First Few Months of Police Body Camera Use

The city found that the rollout was mostly going as intended, but some officers didn't turn on cameras when they were supposed to.

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Body Cameras Work – Just Not in the Way You Think

Much has been written in the past few days about a recent study of 2,600 police officers in Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department, which concluded that body cameras have no statistically significant impact on police officers’ use of force.

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Why some police departments are dropping their body camera programs

Body cameras are praised as a key police accountability tool. Some departments say they’re too expensive to use.

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Editorial: Police body cameras still a work in progress

Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn later conceded in an interview with KCRA, “Any time there is muting on this camera, it builds suspicion — as it has in this case. And that is not healthy for us in our relationship with our community.” His department this month told officers to leave their audio and video on until they leave the scene.

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Data dilemma: Where does police body camera footage go?

As recording technologies get smaller and cheaper, giving police officers cameras to wear on their bodies at all times is quickly becoming a reality. These devices have incredible implications, both for average citizens and for officers, as they allow the courts to cut through all the drama and hearsay in order to get to the truth of what exactly happened. That said, there are a few obstacles standing in the way of widespread body camera deployment.

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Police body cameras may solve one problem but create others

WASHINGTON (AP) — The use of police body cameras is spreading to keep officers honest about using force against citizens. But how and when the public gets to see the footage is up for debate.

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Body cameras good for public, police

Our SunLight Project articles this past weekend revealed that body cameras protect the public and law-enforcement officers. Most police agencies in the SunLight Project areas of Valdosta, Dalton, Milledgeville, Moultrie, Thomasville and Tifton use body cameras.

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Big brother is watching: how new technologies are changing police surveillance

When we think of surveillance, we tend to imagine traditional surveillance tools like CCTV systems run by local authorities. The use of CCTV has certainly increased since I was a young constable on the Gold Coast in the early 1990s. From a CCTV network of 16 cameras when they were first introduced to the city precinct, the network has grown to more than 500 cameras today.

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Cops and cameras: Officer perceptions of the use of body-worn cameras in law enforcement

Purpose There has been a recent surge in the adoption of and media attention to the use of body-worn cameras in law enforcement. Despite this increase in use and media attention, there is little to no research on officer perceptions of body-worn cameras. Methods This study relies on baseline data of officer perceptions toward body-worn cameras collected from surveys administered to Orlando Police officers who are participants in a randomized experiment evaluating the impact of body-worn cameras (Taser AXON Flex) in law enforcement.

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Boston Police Department Issues Body Cams

Boston, MA– Boston’s plan to implement a body-worn camera program for police officers was officially announced last August, and as of this week, the Boston Police Department is issuing body cam equipment to officers, reports Boston 25 News. BPD will begin the roll out at departments in Dorchester and South Boston where officers will receive training on the police-worn body camera equipment next week.

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H.R. 1680 (114th): Police CAMERA Act

To establish a pilot grant program to assist State and local law enforcement agencies in purchasing body-worn cameras for law enforcement officers.

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An Argument for Body Cameras

It's time that technology helped our law enforcement

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Police Face Backlash as Department Weighs Body-Camera Future

One of Utah's largest police departments is facing a backlash as they consider whether to discontinue body cameras due to cost concerns.

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Phoenix Police on Monday to Begin Rolling Out New Cameras

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Department on Monday will begin its rollout of a dramatic increase in its use of body cameras worn by officers while on duty. The department plans Monday to provide new cameras to patrol officers and supervisors of the Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct in west Phoenix.

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After record number of shootings, Phoenix police roll out new body cameras for officers

Over the next 90 days, about 230 officers in the precinct will test the new Axon Body 2 cameras. If all goes well, that number will grow to 1,600 officers department-wide within the next six months.

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BJA body-worn camera grants for FY 2019 announced

The Bureau of Justice Assistance Body-Worn Camera Grant Program offers competitive grants for law enforcement across the country

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Metro Atlanta school police officers’ newest equipment: body cameras

When Atlanta Public Schools police officer Meredith Littles reports for duty at Inman Middle School, she sports a new, high-tech tool snapped securely inside her dark uniform.

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The use of body cameras to protect retail staff, properties and the general public

The effectiveness of body cameras as law enforcement technology is still subject to debate. When it comes to store security personnel, however, they could well be the next big thing.

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Watch: How Do Police Body Cameras Work?

There’s been increased attention surrounding police officers and how they can provide a transparent view to the public of their interactions with civilians -- especially after two recent police shootings in Wethersfield and New Haven.

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South Coatesville adopts policy regulating police body-worn cameras

The nationwide demand for police accountability has reached South Coatesville as Borough Council passed a resolution adopting a policy regulating the use of body-worn cameras by police officers and public access to police video recordings.

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Do Body Cams Give Police an Unintended Break?

Video from officer-worn cameras is judged less negatively than footage captured on dashboard cameras

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In Police Body Camera Footage, Tech Companies See a Niche

Burgeoning volumes of police camera footage may be too much for department staff to process efficiently. Could computers help where humans fall short?

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