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Body-Worn Camera Toolkit

The BWC Podcast Series was created as an accompaniment to the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit. This new podcast series is an interview style podcast series focusing on important issues regarding implementing body-worn cameras (BWCs) in the law enforcement environment. The podcast series will focus on diverse aspects of the implementation and includes input from law enforcement, prosecutors, defenders, advocates, unions, civil rights, and more to cover the most pressing issues concerning BWCs.

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Episode 69: BWC Spotlight on Nye County Sheriff's Office

February 2018
Elliot Harkavy, Technology Advisor for the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Body-Worn Camera Technical Assistance Program, interviews Nye County, Nevada, Sheriff's Office's Lieutenant David Boruchowitz to discuss the office's lessons learned from implementing its BWC program. Lt. Boruchowitz discusses topics like community outreach, vendor and storage selections tips, and a rural sheriff's office's experiences.

Episode 68: BWC Spotlight on Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Police Department

January 2018
Elliot Harkavy, Technology Advisor for the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Body-Worn Camera Technical Assistance Program, interviews Dawn Parkey of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Police Department to discuss the department's lessons learned from implementing its BWC program. Ms. Parkey discusses topics like community outreach, coordination with other federal, state, and local law enforcement, coordination with tribal, federal, and state prosecutors, vendor and storage selections tips, and tribal law enforcement experiences.

Episode 67: BWC Spotlight on Communication Tactics for LE

July 2017
Todd Maxwell, part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Body Worn Camera Team, interviews the technical advisor for the Office of Justice Programs' Laura McElroy to discuss Body Worn Cameras and the communication strategies around BWCs. The podcast examines Laura's experiences and recommendations for communication policy considerations. We further discuss strategic communication strategies to create and control the narrative for high profile situations.

Episode 66: BWC Spotlight on a Wisconsin Sheriff's Office

June 2017
Todd Maxwell, part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Body Worn Camera Team, interviews Lieutenant Brian Loos, a Patrol Lieutenant for the Dodge County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin to discuss Body Worn Cameras and implementing them in his local department. The podcast examines the implementation process including challenges, what factors they considered when selecting the technology, BWC policy formation regarding evidence, and more.

Episode 65: Spotlight on Cognitive Effects of BWC video footage

April 2017
Dr. Mike White, from Arizona State University part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Team, interviews University of California – Irvine’s Professor Elizabeth Loftus to discuss the cognitive effects of Body Worn Cameras and the video they produce on officers, witnesses, victims, courts and juries. Dr. Loftus discusses how the human memory is malleable. We further discuss how these effect BWC policy, evidence considerations, effects on officer and prosecution and more.

Episode 64: Sheriff Spotlight – Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office (VA)

March 2017
Todd Maxwell with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Team, interviews Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office’s Major William Knott to discuss a rural sheriff’s office perspectives on BWCs. Major Knott discusses discusses topics like community and prosecutorial outreach, vendor/storage selections tips and specifics related to a rural sheriff’s office experiences.

Episode 63: Interpreting BWC Video Footage – Part 2

March 2017
Todd Maxwell with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Team, interviews University of South Carolina’s Assistant Professor Seth Stoughton to discuss the potential benefits of Body Worn Cameras. Stoughton discusses his three categories were the benefits fall into including a signaling benefit, a behavioral benefit, and an evidentiary or documentation benefit. We further discuss how these effect policy, evidence considerations, effects on officer and prosecution and more.

Episode 62: Interpreting BWC Video Footage – Part 1

February 2017
Todd Maxwell with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Team, interviews University of South Carolina’s Assistant Professor Seth Stoughton to discuss the potential benefits of Body Worn Cameras. Stoughton discusses his three categories were the benefits fall into including a signaling benefit, a behavioral benefit, and an evidentiary or documentation benefit. We further discuss how these effect policy, evidence considerations, effects on officer and prosecution and more.

Episode 61: Midwestern Spotlight – Wichita Police Department

February 2017
Todd Maxwell with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Team, interviews Wichita Police Department’s Brian White to discuss the challenges and lessons learned from their implementation process regarding Body Worn Cameras. White discusses policy challenges, vendor considerations, storage considerations and more.

Episode 60: Research Spotlight – GMU’s Center of Evidence Based Policing (Part 2)

January 2017
Todd Maxwell with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Team, interviews George Mason University’s Dr. Cynthia Lum to discuss the Center of Evidence Based Policing’s recent papers on prosecutors perceptions of BWCS and a research based examination of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommendations. Dr. Lum talks about research based recommendations, areas for more research and recommendations on implementing BWCs.

Episode 59: Research Spotlight – GMU’s Center of Evidence Based Policing (Part 1)

January 2017
Todd Maxwell with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Team, interviews George Mason University’s Dr. Cynthia Lum to discuss the Center of Evidence Based Policing’s recent papers on prosecutors perceptions of BWCS and a research based examination of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommendations. Dr. Lum talks about research based recommendations, areas for more research and recommendations on implementing BWCs.

Episode 58: Nation’s Capital Spotlight – Washington Metro PD, DC (Part 3 of 3)

December 2016
Todd Maxwell with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Team, interviews Washington Metropolitan Police Department’s Commander Ralph Ennis, Derek Meeks and research fellow Anita Ravishshankar to discuss process of implementing a BWC program in the nation’s capital and the challenges that presented. The group will also discuss lessons learned regarding policy creation and community outreach along with its research efforts. Finally the group gives some advice on large agency considerations.

Episode 57: Nation’s Capital Spotlight – Washington Metro PD, DC (Part 2 of 3)

December 2016
Todd Maxwell with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Team, interviews Washington Metropolitan Police Department’s Commander Ralph Ennis, Derek Meeks and research fellow Anita Ravishshankar to discuss process of implementing a BWC program in the nation’s capital and the challenges that presented. The group will also discuss lessons learned regarding policy creation and community outreach along with its research efforts. Finally the group gives some advice on large agency considerations.

Episode 56: Nation’s Capital Spotlight – Washington Metro PD, DC (Part 1 of 3)

December 2016
Todd Maxwell with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Team, interviews Washington Metropolitan Police Department’s Commander Ralph Ennis, Derek Meeks and research fellow Anita Ravishshankar to discuss process of implementing a BWC program in the nation’s capital and the challenges that presented. The group will also discuss lessons learned regarding policy creation and community outreach along with its research efforts. Finally the group gives some advice on large agency considerations.

Episode 55: Policing in Schools Spotlight – Laredo Independent School District Police, TX

November 2016
Todd Maxwell with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Team, interviews Laredo Independent School District Police Department’s Chief Roberto Villareal and Training Officer Eric Villareal to discuss process of implementing a BWC program in a school district setting and the lessons learned regarding policy creation and outreach with juveniles and parents. Training Officer Villareal gives some advice on school implementation considerations.

Episode 54: Small Agency Spotlight – Waynesboro PD, VA

November 2016
Todd Maxwell with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera Team, interviews Waynesboro Police Department’s Chief Michael Wilhelm to discuss process of implementing a BWC program in a small community and the lessons learned regarding policy creation and outreach. Chief Wilhelm gives some advice on small agency considerations.

Episode 52: Anniversary Spotlight on the BJA BWC Team (Part 2)

October 2016
The BWC Technical and Training Assistance’s Dr. Chip Coldren interviews BJA’s Senior Policy Advisor Mike Roosa, ASU’s Dr. Michael White, Booz Allen Hamilton’s Todd Maxwell who are all part of BJA’s Body Worn Camera team to discuss solicitations, funding, research, the toolkit, technical and training assistance, the podcast series and other efforts supporting law enforcement and the justice community around BWCs.

Episode 51: Anniversary Spotlight on the BJA BWC Team (Part 1)

October 2016
The BWC Technical and Training Assistance’s Dr. Chip Coldren interviews BJA’s Senior Policy Advisor Mike Roosa, ASU’s Dr. Michael White, Booz Allen Hamilton’s Todd Maxwell who are all part of BJA’s Body Worn Camera team to discuss solicitations, funding, research, the toolkit, technical and training assistance, the podcast series and other efforts supporting law enforcement and the justice community around BWCs.

Episode 50: Medium Sized Agency Spotlight – Camden County PD, NJ

September 2016
Todd Maxwell, a member of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera team, interviews Camden County Police Department’s Deputy Chief Orlando Cuevas to discuss their agencies research and experiences with BWCs. Deputy Chief Cuevas shares their initial experiences in researching BWCs along with the challenges to implementing them for a medium-sized agency.

Episode 49: Pilot Program Spotlight – Elgin PD, IL

September 2016
Todd Maxwell, a member of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera team, interviews Elgin Police Department's Chief Jeffrey Swoboda to discuss their agencies delve into BWCs. Chief Swoboda shares their initial experiences in researching BWCs along with the challenges to implementing them for a smaller agency.

Episode 48: Small Agency Spotlight – Twin Falls PD, ID

September 2016
Todd Maxwell, a member of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Body Worn Camera team interviews Twin Falls Police Department’s Captain Anthony Barnhart and Staff Sergeant Brent Wright to discuss their agencies experiences with BWCs. The agency shares lessons learned on topics from pilot programs to vendor selection to transparency.

Episode 47: Prosecutor's Spotlight – San Diego County District Attorney's Office (CA)

September 2016
Todd Maxwell from BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Team interviews Deputy District Attorney Damon Mosler from the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office to discuss prosecution’s role and challenges with BWCs. Deputy DA Mosler discusses how BWCs are used in the court room, how to handle different formats of BWCs from different LE agencies and collaboration with police/sheriff in the county on policy formation. Damon Mosler part of the Expert Panel convening on BWCs with BJA at the White House.

Episode 46: BJA SMART Policing Initiative Spotlight – A look into the research at Phoenix PD, AZ

September 2016
Mike Roosa, Senior Policy Advisor for the Bureau of Justice Assistance interviews Phoenix Police Department’s Sergeant Kevin Johnson and Arizona State University’s Dr. Charles Katz to discuss their departments deployment of body cameras in 2013 as part of BJA’s SMART Policing Initiative grant to evaluate body worn camera technology. The group discusses lessons learned and progress of their program along with the research around the program. Dr. Katz and Phoenix PD were part of the BJA Expert Panel on Body Worn Cameras that helped form the BJA National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit.

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.
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