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    The use of body cameras as a resource in the law enforcement field has been adopted by agencies all across the country. However, body cameras have both beneficial applications and disadvantages in their use and application. Officers in many agencies across the country are required to wear body cameras to document what officers do on a daily basis or during interactions with the public. Body cameras have advantages and disadvantages that continue to be debated if it is a viable option for the future

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    Goodell November 20, 2016 Dr. Martin Body Camera Research Project The issue of wearing body camera’s with police officers in the United States is currently a controversial topic and requires further analysis. In current events, such as the killings of minority men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by the police; have the public up in arms. Incidents such as these only drive the debate more and more on why police officers should be required to wear body cameras. Many police officers however do not

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    America have laws that require the use of body cameras. In addition, there are six states that have eavesdropping laws in place in relation to government officials. Lastly, there are eighteen states and the District of Columbia that have legislated how body-worn camera data is addressed under open record laws (“Body-Worn Camera Funding”). In recent years, the discussion of how states should regulate the use of body cameras and the ethics of body cameras as an moral solution to police brutality has

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    advantages of using body cameras as well as the drawbacks (Pollack, 2017). I will discuss if I was stopped by a police officer for a traffic offense would I want to be videotaped. If I was involved in a domestic violence incident would I want to be videotaped when the officers arrived? Then I will discuss whether the police should have the discretion to turn off the camera when they believe a person’s privacy is being invaded regardless of what the person involved thinks so. Body cameras have been proposed

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    1. Introduction and Thesis Body cameras are used to record police actions and communication with a citizen. They can ensure the safety of the public. Body cameras also establishes trust among the public by keeping police officers and people aware and accountable of their actions. Police officers wearing the cameras can help to decrease crimes and make the neighborhoods a much safer place to live. The protection and security of body cameras has had a great impact on the lives in the community and

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    murder. What are body cameras? Body cameras are cameras placed on an officer's body, that captures footage of what the officer is seeing. Should all police officers be outfitted with body cameras, many people think that they should, but many people think that there should be no body cameras at all on officers, because they claim them to be a privacy issue. Body cameras may be a privacy issue, but the benefits of body cameras outway the cons of body cameras, and here is why. Body cameras should be outfitted

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    Disadvantages One disadvantage regarding the use of Body cameras is not just the cost of the cameras and the data storage but also the infrastructure that needs to be maintained. As time goes on capacities will be exceeded, the networks will continue to degrade, and the supplementary equipment required to store the videos will continue to degrade or become obsolete. (1) In addition to this there is the cost of employing people to catalog and retrieve any video footage related to subpoenas, investigations

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    Hidden Apparatus Body cameras worn by police officers on patrol are a new trend in the law enforcement community. The small recording gadgets are being encouraged to be worn to help protect both the officer and the suspect or public. If for any reason something happens to the responding officer or if there is a conflict in stories between the suspect and officer, the small hidden device could possibly have video regarding the incident. If the officers’ camera does document something useful, then

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    new policy change of the body worn cameras by the police officers of this city. The city of Tampa already has a policy on body worn cameras. Body worn cameras can be highly effective in evidence gathering, prosecution of crimes, protecting officers from accusations and showing police officer activity. At this point in time body worn cameras are only given out to officers when they are available. The reason for the department to initiate the changes of the body worn cameras policy is to better the

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    “While video can tell us a lot about encounters between the police and the public, body cams also raise concerns about privacy” (Majerol 6). Police officers aren’t high schoolers, they have strictly enforced laws about privacy. They aren’t allowed, without authorization of the sheriff, to reveal that recorded information. On the flip side, these could make officers and suspects interact better at traffic stops or calls, because who is going to want recorded proof of them resisting arrest or breaking

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