Police announcement: no body-worn cameras – no job
Should police wear body cameras? And if they should, what punishment if they ‘forget’ to turn them on?
After the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City, confidence in police is low.
Over the last two years, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) has disciplined police officers on 24 occasions for disabling or failing to activate body-worn cameras, newly released public records show. The City of Oakland did not provide any records prior to 2013… The records show that on November 8, 2013 one officer was terminated after failing to activate his camera. Less than two weeks later, another resigned for improperly removing the camera from his or her uniform. However, most officers received minor discipline in comparison.
Next question: who watches the footage and how often?
No camera. No job.
In the UK:
As non-evidential footage is deleted after 31 days, members of the public should be aware that any complaint that references the use of BWV needs to be made in a timely fashion to ensure that any evidential footage can be retained in line with force policy in the event that an investigation needs to take place.
After the initial 31-day period, deleted BWV footage that has been deemed as non-evidential cannot be recovered.
Why not? Storage is not that expensive.