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Body-Worn Camera Welcome Message

Body-Worn Camera Welcome Message from BJA Deputy Director Kristen Mahoney

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KRISTEN MAHONEY: Hello, and welcome to the

Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance

 

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body-worn camera toolkit.

 

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National events

have highlighted the importance of reducing crime,

 

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improving public safety,

and increasing officer safety.

 

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Ongoing dialogue about these

issues has revealed that in many communities

 

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law enforcement agencies have

implemented sound and promising practices

 

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that have contributed to safer and stronger communities.

 

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To that point,

 

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law enforcement agencies are using body worn cameras

 

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as a tool to improve interactions with the public,

 

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improve officer training, help ensure officer training,

 

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and as a useful evidentiary

tool investigations of serious and violent crimes.

 

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Preliminary evidence

indicates the presence of body worn cameras

 

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backed by robust used policies helps

strengthen legal cases, reduces community complaints,

 

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and decreases use of force incidents

 

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resulting in more constructive encounters between

 

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the police and the members of the community they serve.

 

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However, implementation of a body worn

camera program presents significant opportunities

 

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and challenges.

Here at the Bureau of Justice Assistance,

 

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we want to ensure that we do everything possible

 

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to support law enforcement and justice agencies

 

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as they implement body worn camera

programs in a thoughtful and effective way

 

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that builds upon best practices

 

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with input from both criminal justice and community stakeholders.

 

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Keeping with our commitment and

overall mission of supporting law enforcement

 

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this toolkit is designed to

provide assistance with technology

 

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and demonstrate examples of sound and promising implementation.

 

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It also provides a wealth of resources that recognizes the critical factor

 

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that collaboration plays between law enforcement

 

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and stakeholders for

successfully establishing policies

 

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that address important issues such as when to record,

 

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training, investigatory use, and implementation.

 

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This dynamic website

consolidates and translates

 

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the latest and most advanced

information on promising practices

 

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and provides templates

and tools gathered from the field

 

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surrounding implementation,

training, funding, and policy.

 

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I urge you to browse the rich content of the toolkit.

 

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Because the needs of law enforcement and local communities

are ever-changing,

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we will continue to update

the toolkit so that it is responsive to your needs.

 

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Thank you, to all the organizations that

provided resources to make this toolkit a reality

 

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and more importantly, thank you,

for all your dedication to help keep our nation safe.

Date Created: July 30, 2020