Understanding the Impact of Police Body Worn Cameras on Public Defenders

Understanding the Impact of Police Body Worn Cameras on Public Defenders
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2021-01-14
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Understanding the Impact of Police Body Worn Cameras on Public Defenders

Police body-worn cameras (BWCs) have primarily been discussed from the perspective of police. As the primary users of the technology, this makes sense. But the implementation of a BWC program has ripple effects on other stakeholders, especially downstream criminal justice actors. An increasing amount of attention has been paid to prosecutors, but the defense has been virtually ignored, especially public defenders. In this webinar, we will discuss the benefits and challenges of police BWCs faced by public defenders.



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Audience Comments

  • “Value of BWV when making the decision to prosecute. It is something I consider extensively when reviewing cases for our Prosecutors.” — James
  • “The additional volume of work required with the implementation of BWCs and the additional skill sets required.” — Richard
  • “Loved that the speakers discussed current research on the topic!” — Samantha
  • “Knowledge of the use of body cams relating to court cases and all parties involved.” — Steven
  • “Benefits and concerns regarding BWC footage and the follow-up question on writing UOF reports before or after viewing footage. This would be a good topic for future seminars. How departments should utilize BWC footage and best practices gleaned from experience and studies.” — Garth


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