The Surveillance Of Law Enforcement Officers

1439 WordsMar 28, 20176 Pages
Recent media stories have caused uproars among communities and riots against law enforcement agencies due to publications of pictures or video footage of law enforcement officers exhibiting the use of force. Due to these recent cases, many are requiring a reform in the surveillance of law enforcement officers to provide viable evidence to support their case on the degree of force they used during the incident in question. One of the majorly used and promoted reforms is the use of body worn cameras on all officers during their shift. Research and studies have promoted this technique as it offers many advantages to help resolve the issues faced. Body worn cameras provide agencies with video footage of all occurrences as if through the…show more content…
Complaints of officer behaviors clutter the paperwork in law enforcement agencies since numerous reports are filed daily and previously, investigations were based on the officer’s statement of events and the defendant’s recollection of the events. Therefore, both statements conflict due to no reliable evidence to prove the officer’s innocence or guilt. The recordings found from the body worn cameras provide reliable recordings to help investigate the complaints, resolve complaints with evidence, strengthen officer accountability and improve law enforcement agencies transparency (Coudert, Butin, Metayer, 2015). To aid in the transparency of law enforcement agencies to the public and to build the rapport between the two parties, all recordings through police body worn cameras are considered to be public access. The Freedom of Information Act allows anyone to request access to recordings and images from the cameras. Although, each request requires significant police workforces to add to their work load to protect privacy of all involved. All faces must be blurred, sensitive information removed or mute the audio all together is required prior to submitting the recordings to the requestor. Storage only keeps recordings of incidents using force, incidents in question of complaint, or possible misconduct in which only these recordings allow public disclosure (Smykla, Crow, Crichlow, Synder, 2016). The use of force is compared to a
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