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  • 2016BodyWornCameraTTANationalMeeting

    SummaryReport

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    This projectwas supported byGrantNo. 2015DEBXK002, awarded by the Bureau of JusticeAssistance. TheBureauofJusticeAssistanceisacomponentoftheDepartmentofJustice'sOfficeofJusticePrograms,whichalsoincludes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice andDelinquencyPrevention,theOfficeforVictimsofCrime,andtheSMARTOffice.Pointsofvieworopinionsinthisdocumentare thoseof theauthoranddonotnecessarily represent theofficialpositionorpoliciesof theU.S.DepartmentofJustice.

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    TableofContents

    ExecutiveSummary......................................................................................................................................5

    MeetingAgenda...........................................................................................................................................9

    MeetingObjectives....................................................................................................................................13

    SummaryofDiscussion..............................................................................................................................15

    AnalyzingVideoFootage:BuildingBWCUseCases................................................................................15

    AssessingandEvaluatingBWCImplementationProjects.......................................................................17

    DevelopingandRedefiningBWCPolicies...............................................................................................19

    UseofForceIssuesandBWCs................................................................................................................21

    VictimsIssuesRegardingBWCs..............................................................................................................23

    WorkingwithProsecutorsonBWCImplementation..............................................................................24

    PeertoPeer/SiteNetworkingSessions..................................................................................................26

    KeyTechnicalAssistanceTakeawaysandNextSteps...............................................................................29

    EvaluationSummary..................................................................................................................................31

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    ExecutiveSummaryOn April 1819, 2016, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and CNA convened the inauguralmeetingfortheBodywornCamera(BWC)PilotImplementationProgram(PIP)sitesinWashington,DC. This meeting provided a forum for discussing important issues related to BWC programimplementation, such as policy development, stakeholder and community involvement. Inattendancewere179 representatives fromeachof the70BWCPIP sites,membersof theBWCTraining and TechnicalAssistance (TTA) Team, subjectmatter experts, and representatives fromtheBJA,WhiteHouse,OfficeofManagementandBudget(OMB),NationalInstituteofJustice(NIJ),U.S.DepartmentofJustices(DOJ)CivilRightsDivision,AmericanCivilLibertiesUnion(ACLU),andInternationalAssociationofChiefsofPolice(IACP).

    This summary report, sponsored byBJA, summarizes participant discussion and lessons learnedfrom themeeting, key takeaways for training and technical assistance, and evaluation feedbackfromtheBWCPIPattendees.Anexecutivesummaryofeachoftheseareasisprovidedbelow.

    KeyConsiderationsandChallengesCNAanalyzedparticipantdiscussiontodocumentkeyconsiderations,challenges,andbestpracticesthatcanbeusedbythe larger lawenforcementcommunitytobetterpreparefor implementingaBWCprogram.Keyconsiderationsandchallengesincluded:

    Crosscuttingtechnology.Departmentsneedtechnologythatcanhandlevideofootagefromanydata,asthisproveschallengingininstancesinwhichcityandcountylawenforcementofficersrespondtothesameincidentrecordingwithbodyworncamerasfromdifferentvendors.

    Buyin.Insideofthedepartment,acquiringbuyinfromthepoliceunionwasdifficultforsomedepartments.DepartmentsfeltthatgettingtheunionsbuyinhinderedtheirBWCprogrambyslowingdowntheprocessofimplementationwiththenumerousmeetingswiththepoliceunionandcommunity.ItisconsideredbestpracticetogiveanoverviewoftheBWCprojecttothepoliceunionandcommunity.Breakoutgroupsduringthesemeetingscanbehelpfulincreatingdiscussionandallowingparticipantstogetdifferentpointsofviewonthecameras.

    Effectiveness.Itremainstobeseenwhetherviewingfootagepriortowritingareportiseffectiveornot,asthereislittleempiricaldataonthispractice.Itisknownthatviewingthevideopriortoreportwritingistimeconsuming.

    Documentation.OneofthemajorimplicationsofBWCsonuseofforceincidentsistheirabilitytorecordsuchincidents.PriortotheadventofBWCs,useofforceincidentswereseldomrecorded.Now,becauseofBWCsdepartmentshaveupclosedocumentationofeventsleadinguptoauseofforceincident,includingtheincidentitself.Thisresultsin

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    majorimplicationsforpolicedepartmentsinthatonceauseofforceincidentisdocumentedandreleased,thecommunitymaywanttoknowwhatstepsadepartmenttookintraininganofficerpriortotheincident.

    Victimsofcrime.Increasedworkload,filminginsidecitizenshomes,andimpactonvictimsseekingassistancewereidentifiedaschallengesforBWCPIPsitesworkingwithvictimsofcrime.

    Prosecutors.ProsecutorswillneedtrainingonhandlingBWCvideofootage,asthiswillbeusedasevidence.

    Stakeholderengagement.IncludelocalcollegecampussafetydepartmentsinthedevelopmentandimplementationoftheBWCprogram,sothattheyknowhowtheirstudentswillbeaffected.

    OpportunitiesforTechnicalAssistanceParticipantdiscussionalsohighlightedanumberofpotentialopportunitiesfortechnicalassistance.Over thecomingmonths,CNAand theBWCTTATeamwillworkwithBJA todevelop theseTTAproductsandresources.

    Lessons learnedtobepostedonwebsite(e.g.,howstaffingaprogram,etc.),whichmightbebeneficialforthenextroundofsites.

    DevelopPowerPointpresentationsforusebysiteswhenbriefingcommunitymembersonBWCs.

    DeveloporganizationalchartsforsiteswithaddedstaffforredactiontobetterunderstandstaffingrolesinvolvedinhavingaBWCprogram.

    Postenactedandproposedlegislation(resources)ontheBWCwebsite. Developachart forusebysites illustratingthetypicalnumberofcamerasneeded foran

    agencybasedonsize,includingstaffconsiderations. Developamemofor leadershipregardingtheareasofadepartmentaffectedbyBWCs

    evidence,publicrecords,etc. Identifyadditional subjectmatterexperts thataremore regionalized in termsofdealing

    withcertainregionsorstatelaws. Developamemooutliningparametersofrecordingtimeforvariousshiftlengths.

    ParticipantFeedbackMeetingattendees179representativesfromeachofthe70BWCPIPsites,membersoftheBWCTrainingandTechnicalAssistance(TTA)Team,subjectmatterexperts,andrepresentativesfromtheBJA,WhiteHouse,OfficeofManagementandBudget(OMB),NationalInstituteofJustice(NIJ),U.S.DepartmentofJustices(DOJ)CivilRightsDivision,AmericanCivilLibertiesUnion(ACLU),andInternationalAssociationofChiefsofPolice(IACP).Fortyeightoftheseattendees(27percent)completedtheParticipantFeedbackForm.

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    Overall,theresponsetotheBWCNationalMeetingwaspositive.EightyonepercentofrespondentsnotedtheyStronglyAgreeorAgreethattheyfeelbetterinformedaboutBodyWornCameraTechnicalAssistance,aswellasaboutBJAexpectationsasaresultofthismeeting.Thekeynotepresentationswerewellreceivedwithover80percentofrespondentsnotedtheyStronglyAgreeorAgreethatthepresentationwasinterestingtohimorher.Inaddition,theworkshopswerewellreceivedwithover75percentofrespondentsnotedtheyStronglyAgreeorAgreethattheworkshopspresentedusefulinformation,theenvironment/formatwasconducivetolearning,andthatthelengthofthesessionwasappropriate.Positiveaspectsofthemeetingthatparticipantsnotedwerethebreakoutsessionsandpeertopeernetworking.Whenaskedhowfuturemeetingscouldbeimproved,participantsrespondedwithsuggestionsaboutmoretimetointeractwiththeirpeersthroughinformalnetworkingsessions,includingbeinggivenlunchesthatarelongerinlength.

    NextStepsOverthenextcoupleofmonths,CNAandtheBWCTeamwilltaketheinformationgatheredfromtheNationalMeetingtodevelopTTAproductsandresourcesforboththeBWCPIPsitesandlawenforcementagenciesandstakeholdersimplementingBWCs.ToaccesstheseresourcesaswellasanumberofotherTTAproducts,e.g.webinars,podcasts,BWCpolicies,BWCnews,pleasevisittheBWCTTAwebsite(www.bwctta.com).

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    MeetingAgendaDay1April18,2016Time Activity

    8:008:30a.m. Registration

    8:308:45a.m. OpeningRemarksBethMcGarry,PrincipalDeputyAssistantAttorneyGeneral,OfficeofJusticePrograms

    8:459:00a.m. WelcomingRemarksKristenMahoney,DeputyDirector,BureauofJusticeAssistance

    9:009:15a.m. IntroductionsandagendaoverviewMichaelRoosa,SeniorPolicyAdvisor,BureauofJusticeAssistanceDr.JamesChipColdren,BWCTTADirector,CNA

    9:159:45a.m. BWC101:WhateveryoneneedstoknowaboutBWCsMichaelRoosa,SeniorPolicyAdvisor,BureauofJusticeAssistanceDr.MichaelWhite,BWCTTACoDirectorandProfessorintheSchoolofCriminologyandCriminalJustice,ArizonaStateUniversity

    9:4510:00a.m. Break

    10:0011:30a.m. BWCcasestudiesfromenhancementsitesDanZehnder,Lieutenant,LasVegas,NVMetropolitanPoliceDepartmentEdTrapp,Lieutenant,Pittsburgh,PAPoliceDepartmentOthaSandifer,Commander,NewOrleans,LAPoliceDepartmentDouglasSteele,Commander,Peoria,AZPoliceDepartment

    11:3012:00p.m. KeynoteJ.ThomasManger,Chief,MontgomeryCounty(MD)PoliceDepartment;President,MajorCitiesChiefsPoliceAssociation

    12:001:00p.m. Lunch

    1:001:45p.m. SiteprogressandaccomplishmentsDr.JamesChipColdren,BWCTTADirector,CNA

    1:452:00p.m. FacilitatorsummaryofdiscussionsDr.JamesChipColdren,BWCTTADirector,CNA

    2:002:15p.m. Break

    2:153:45p.m. SitenetworkingactivityDr.JamesChipColdren,BWCTTADirector,CNA

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