Justice department releases guidelines for police body cameras
(KTVI)– The justice department released a report with guidelines for police as agencies nationwide embrace the use of body cameras.
There’s been a big push for the devices since the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, and police there have since then added the cameras. The federal report was in the works prior to the shooting, and suggests departments need to do more than just turn them on and start recording.
Of 63 agencies nationwide surveyed which used cameras, a third didn’t have written policies about how they should be used.
The report also says departments should have policies about who should wear them and situations where they should not be used.