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Episode 45: BWC Transit Police Spotlight – BART Police, CA

August 2016
Todd Maxwell, part of the Bureau of Justice Assistances Body-Worn Camera team, interviews San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department’s BWC team to discuss their BWC program. The agency discusses the uniqueness of being a transit police and how their BWC program differs from a traditional police department.

Episode 44: BWC Victim Spotlight – Part 2

August 2016
Todd Maxwell, part of the Bureau of Justice Assistances Body-Worn Camera team, interviews Victim Rights Law Center’s Nation Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Jessica Mindlin, to discuss victim’s perspectives around law enforcement using Body-Worn Cameras. Director Mindlin discusses the potential effects on victims along with concerns from the advocacy community that will help law enforcement with their policy development.

Episode 43: BWC Victim Spotlight – Part 1

August 2016
Todd Maxwell, part of the Bureau of Justice Assistances Body-Worn Camera team, interviews Victim Rights Law Center’s Nation Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Jessica Mindlin, to discuss victim’s perspectives around law enforcement using Body-Worn Cameras. Director Mindlin discusses the potential effects on victims along with concerns from the advocacy community that will help law enforcement with their policy development.

Episode 42: BWC Research Spotlight – Milwaukee PD, WI

August 2016
Todd Maxwell, part of the Bureau of Justice Assistances Body-Worn Camera team, interviews Milwaukee Police Department’s Sgt. Doug Wiorek and Research Associate Bryce Peterson from the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center to discuss Milwaukee Police Department’s BWC research program. The two discuss the reasons for the research, the program itself and potential use of the research outcomes.

Episode 41: Delaware's BWC Pilot Program Spotlight – Wilmington, DE

July 2016
Chip Coldren, project director for the Bureau of Justice Assistances Body-Worn Camera Technical Assistance Program, interviews Deputy Attorney General Matthew Frawley of the criminal division of the Delaware Department of Justice to discuss Wilmington Police Department's body-worn camera pilot program and what it means for prosecutors. Deputy Attorney General Frawley discusses the Attorney General's Office efforts around planning and coordinating activities for the state-wide implementation of BWCs.

Episode 39: Nation's Capital Region Spotlight – Montgomery County PD, MD

July 2016
Chip Coldren, project director for the Bureau of Justice Assistances Body-Worn Camera Technical Assistance Program, interviews Montgomery County Police Department’s Chief Information Officer, Brian Acken to discuss their departments decision to outfit their officers with body worn cameras in an area that is home to over a million residents. The agency discusses how the agency assigns each officer two BWCs.

Episode 38: A University Spotlight (Rowan University PD, NJ)

July 2016
Lauren Gonzalez from BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Team interviews Rowan University Police Department’s Lieutenant Shute to discuss their departments university engagement efforts regarding the development of the department’s body worn camera policy. The agency discusses how BWCs are different on university campuses and the challenges they encountered.

Episode 37: BWC Civil Rights Spotlight – ACLU

July 2016
Todd Maxwell from BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Team interviews Senior Policy Analyst Jay Stanley from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to discuss trending privacy and civil rights issues involving body-worn cameras along with the ACLU’s position on these issues. Jay Stanley contributed to the BJA Expert Panel on Body Worn Cameras that helped form the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit.

Episode 36: BWC Pilot Program Spotlight – NYPD

June 2016
Todd Maxwell from BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Team interviews Sergeant Joseph Freer from New York Police Department to discuss lessons learned from their recently completed Volunteer BWC pilot program and how they will apply those to their upcoming court ordered pilot program. Sgt. Freer contributed to the BJA Expert Panel on Body Worn Cameras that helped form the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit.

Episode 34: BWC Pilot Program Spotlight - Philadelphia PD

June 2016
Chip Coldren from BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance Team interviews Philadelphia Police Department’s Chief Inspector Michael Cochrance and Sergeant Jay Bown along with Public Safety Program Manager Mike Vidro from the City’s Office of Innovation and Technology and from Temple University Dr. Elizabeth Groff and Jennifer Wood. The group discusses the Body-Worn Camera Pilot Program at Philadelphia PD along with the research conducted by Temple University.

Episode 33: Community Engagement Spotlight – Brooklyn Park PD, MN

June 2016
Chip Coldren from BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance Team interviews Brooklyn Park Police Department’s Inspectors Bill Barritt and Shane DuPaul to discuss their departments community engagement efforts regarding the development of the department’s body worn camera policy. The agency discusses its strong community policing orientation and how that helped their engagement with community members.

Police Officer Justin Wester Receives Congressional Badge of Bravery

June 2016

On June 1, 2016, Officer Justin Wester was presented with the Congressional Badge of Bravery by Senator Thom Tillis and Representative Walter Jones at historic New Bern City Hall in the courtroom chambers. Officer Wester, formerly a New Bern Police Officer, was awarded the badge for his bravery and courage while responding to a call on March 28, 2014 in which his colleague, Officer Alexander Thalmann, was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect. Officer Wester also suffered a gunshot that night, but returned fire upon the suspect, a convicted felon, fatally wounding him.

Episode 32: Research Spotlight – Tempe PD

May 2016
Michael Roosa, Senior Policy Advisor for the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body-Worn Camera Team interviews Tempe PD’s Assistant Chief Brenda Buren and Arizona State University’s Dr. Michael White to discuss the digital evidence study being conducted at Tempe. They will give an overview of the project along with discussing what they hope to learn and how they plan to use the information learned from the study to improve police work around BWCs. Dr. White were part of the BJA Expert Panel on Body Worn Cameras that helped form the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit.

National BWC Toolkit Anniversary Episode 3: President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Spotlight

May 2016
Dr. Michael White from Arizona State University and BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance Program interviews Sean Smoot, Director and Chief Council for the Police Benevolent and Protected Association of Illinois and the Police Benevolent Labor Committee, about his perspectives regarding body-worn cameras. Dr. White was part of the BJA Expert Panel on Body Worn Cameras that helped form the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing’s final report helped create the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit.

National BWC Toolkit Anniversary Episode 2: President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Spotlight

May 2016
Dr. Michael White from Arizona State University and BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance Program interviews Sean Smoot, Director and Chief Council for the Police Benevolent and Protected Association of Illinois and the Police Benevolent Labor Committee, about his perspectives regarding body-worn cameras. Dr. White was part of the BJA Expert Panel on Body Worn Cameras that helped form the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing’s final report helped create the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit.

National BWC Toolkit Anniversary Episode 1: President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Spotlight

May 2016
Dr. Michael White from Arizona State University and BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance Program interviews professor Laurie Robinson of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University about her perspectives regarding body-worn camera. Dr. White was part of the BJA Expert Panel on Body Worn Cameras that helped form the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing’s final report helped create the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit.

Episode 31: Research Spotlight – LAPD (Part 2)

May 2016
Todd Maxwell from BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Team interviews LAPD’s CIO Maggie Goodrich and Sgt. Dan Gomez along with Dr. Craig Uchida from Justice and Security Strategies to discuss the study being conducted at LAPD with JSS and UCLA. They will give an overview of the project along with discussing what they hope to learn and how they plan to use the information learned from the study to improve police work around BWCs. Maggie Goodrich, Dan Gomez and Dr. Craig Uchida were part of the BJA Expert Panel on Body Worn Cameras that helped form the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit. 

Episode 30: Research Spotlight – LAPD (Part 1)

May 2016
Todd Maxwell from BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Team interviews LAPD’s CIO Maggie Goodrich and Sgt. Dan Gomez along with Dr. Craig Uchida from Justice and Security Strategies to discuss the study being conducted at LAPD with JSS and UCLA. They will give an overview of the project along with discussing what they hope to learn and how they plan to use the information learned from the study to improve police work around BWCs. Dan Gomez and Dr. Craig Uchida were part of the BJA Expert Panel on Body Worn Cameras that helped form the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit.

Episode 29: Research Spotlight - Oakland PD

May 2016
Todd Maxwell from BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Team interviews Oakland Police Department’s Assistant Chief Paul Figueroa to discuss the study Stanford University is doing in collaboration with his police department. He will give an overview of the project along with discussing what they hope to learn and how they plan to use the information learned from the study to improve police accountability and community relations. Oakland PD was part of the BJA Expert Panel on Body Worn Cameras that helped form the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit.