Body-Worn Cameras (BWC)
BWCs have become an important tool for law enforcement and the public to ensure professional officer conduct and record critical incidents. JSS is partnering with a number of organizations to provide BWCs and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies and evaluate the effectiveness of existing BWC programs.
Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance
In partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, CNA, and Arizona State University, Justice & Security Strategies, Inc. (JSS) provides training and technical assistance to agencies seeking to develop and implement comprehensive body-worn camera (BWC) programs. Members of JSS have worked with over thirty law enforcement agencies across the country on the establishment of their BWC policies. In addition, JSS has provided support and resources on BWC procurement practices, technology implementation, agency training, as well as community engagement. Furthermore, JSS has developed valuable resources on emerging body-worn camera issues including the management of digital evidence and critical incidents occurring within agencies.
Evaluation of LAPD Body Worn Camera Program
In partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology, JSS was awarded a National Institute of Justice grant to evaluate the implementation of body-worn cameras in the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD implemented body-worn cameras for all officers in a phased approach by division over two years. JSS examined the impact of body-worn cameras on police use of force incidents, citizen complaints, officer perceptions of the cameras, and procedural justice in citizen encounters using police data, roll-call surveys, and systematic social observations of citizen encounters during ride-alongs. Results from this evaluation have been prominently featured in published journal articles and NIJ reports.