Body-worn cameras: Benefits and best practices for police

Many current law enforcement officers have mixed opinions about strapping on a body camera for work


By Dr. Christopher McFarlin
In Public Safety

In an effort to capture evidence about specific incidents involving police officers, more and more agencies across the country are considering the implementation and feasibility of department-issued body cameras (PDF). However, law enforcement officers—as well as the general public—have voiced concerns about the utilization of body-worn cameras.

Officer Concerns and Benefits
Many current law enforcement officers have mixed opinions about strapping on a body camera for work.

Many current law enforcement officers have mixed opinions about strapping on a body camera for work. (Photo courtesy AMU)
Many current law enforcement officers have mixed opinions about strapping on a body camera for work. (Photo courtesy AMU)

On one hand: Many officers are concerned that cameras are stationary and not 360° panning. This causes concern that the camera will not adequately capture all the elements of an encounter that cause an officer to react.

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