Update: Progress Update of RPD Body-worn Camera Implementation

News posted Jun. 17, 2017 - 10:00 am
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Update, June 16, 2017:
Progress Update of RPD Body-worn Camera Implementation

On May 23 Raleigh Police Department presented an update to the City Council on the progress of a phased implementation of body-worn cameras and recommended that staff be authorized to enter into negotiations with the selected vendor. Click here to see the presentation.

Presentation to City Council

Update, December 8, 2016:
Raleigh Police Department Testing Body-worn Cameras

The testing of a second vendor's equipment has begun, and a second special memorandum is in use and available at a link below. The contents of the second special memorandum are identical to the first one with the exception of the dates of the the testing period.

Like the special memorandum in use while testing the first vendor's product, the second special memorandum is not the final version of the department's body-worn cameras policy. The policy will be developed and put into place following the completion of the testing phase and only after receiving public input and departmental feedback. Public comments may be submitted by email during the testing period to: RaleighBWC@raleighnc.gov.

Additional details are available in the Oct. 10 news release below.

The information below was distributed at 9:09 a.m. Oct. 10:

Beginning next week, the Raleigh Police Department expects to begin testing body-worn cameras as the next step toward equipping 600 officers with the technology over the next three years. The department has evaluated proposals from equipment vendors and currently expects to test at least three camera systems. The testing phase will last between three and four months.

Each of the systems tested will offer integrated body-worn and in-car cameras to provide comprehensive recording when either one is activated. Approximately 20 body-worn cameras and five in-car cameras are expected to be temporarily supplied by each vendor taking part in the tests. After completing testing and evaluating the results, a purchasing recommendation will be made.

Initial testing will take place under a special memorandum available at a link below, but that memorandum is not the final version of the department's body-worn cameras policy. The policy will be developed and put into place following the completion of the testing phase and only after receiving public input and departmental feedback.

Separate special memorandums may be required for the individual camera systems tested, due to technological differences between competing equipment or as a result of knowledge gained during testing. Any new memorandums adopted while body-worn cameras are being tested will be provided to the public.

The memorandums will control multiple aspects involved in the use of body-worn cameras, including: when cameras must be activated; when they can be deactivated; when their use is restricted; and the collection, handling and retention of video recorded by the cameras.

During the camera tests, the department will monitor the effectiveness and adequacy of the special memorandums. In addition, the public is invited to submit comments that will be reviewed and considered as the final draft of a policy is written. Public comments may be submitted by email to: RaleighBWC@raleighnc.gov.

Please note that the comment process concerning body-worn camera memorandums is different from the process used to request copies of the video under N.C. General Statute 132-1.4A. Those who are requesting the disclosure of a recording under the statute will find forms at the Raleigh Police Department's page.

Editors: Chief of Police Cassandra Deck-Brown will be available for interviews concerning the Raleigh Police Department's body-worn camera program, the initial special memorandums that will govern camera testing, and the opportunity for public input. The chief's availability, which will begin at 11:15 a.m. today, has been arranged between appointments, and time will be limited. Please call Laura Hourigan at 919-996-1219 to arrange an interview time slot if you are interested.

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