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Officers Alllowed to Review Recordings

A few dozen Long Beach police officers who recently started wearing body cameras will be allowed to quickly review recordings from the devices even if the officers were involved in controversial events such as police shootings, but it’s unclear when that same footage would be released to the public, according to a departmental policy document reviewed by the Press-Telegram.

A few dozen Long Beach police officers who recently started wearing body cameras will be allowed to quickly review recordings from the devices even if the officers were involved in controversial events such as police shootings, but it’s unclear when that same footage would be released to the public, according to a departmental policy document reviewed by the Press-Telegram. The policy states officers can look at body-camera videos they record or that they appear in before writing reports about what transpired. And in the case of an officer-involved shooting or the death of someone in custody, officers will be allowed to look at the footage before the department begins investigating what happened, as long as detectives approve of the viewing. Long Beach police officials said this is intended to produce the most accurate picture of events in officers’ reports, but civil rights advocates say the policy could undermine the public trust that the cameras are supposed to foster.

http://www.presstelegram.com/government-and-politics/20161119/long-beach-police-officers-allowed-to-use-body-cam-video-to-help-in-writing-reports

Also see Implementing a Body Worn Camera Program, Lessons Learned, COPS and PERF  https://ric-zai-inc.com/Publications/cops-p296-pub.pdf

Implementing a Body Worn Camera Program, Lessons Learned

 

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