At a time when trust is frayed between communities and law enforcement, body-worn cameras are a powerful tool that provide accountability and help build trust in the law enforcement process. While adoption of body cameras has grown significantly in recent years, most decisions regarding their use are made at the departmental level, creating a mishmash of policies that don’t always serve the public’s best interest. While policing is and should rightly be a local function, the state has a responsibility to ensure justice by setting standards for the use of body cameras.
Does the state establish a standard recording policy for departments that have body-worn cameras?
Does the state establish data retention and data release policies for departments that use body-worn cameras?
Body-Worn Camera Requirement
Does the state require law enforcement agencies to use body-worn cameras?
Does the state provide funding to equip law enforcement agencies with body-worn cameras?