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Body Worn Camera (BWC) Policy

Policy 315 - BODY WORN CAMERA (BWC) POLICY

The purpose of this policy is to provide department personnel who are equipped with Body Worn Cameras, guidelines for the use, management, storage, and retrieval of audio-visual media recorded by body worn camera systems. The use of body worn cameras may increase the ability of users to effectively enforce the law, obtain evidence for criminal prosecutions, protect department personnel from false allegations of misconduct, document interactions with the public, and increase departmental transparency and improve conduct by all parties during police/public interactions.

BWC systems are not a substitute for department members’ reasonable beliefs and perceptions, and cannot account for the physiological responses during critical incidents, such as visual tunneling and auditory exclusion. BWC recording systems should not be viewed as the sole measure of truth or as the totality of the circumstances, because such systems and their inherent limitations only capture video and audio evidence from the camera’s physical position on the scene and not necessarily from the user’s overall perspective.

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