Final Report and Model Policy of the Police Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee

58 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2021 Last revised: 20 Jul 2021

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Keith A. Findley

University of Wisconsin Law School

Tom Brown

Independent

Veronica Figueroa

Independent

Kim Jorgensen

Independent

Charles Myadze

Independent

Luke B. Schieve

Independent

Date Written: January 27, 2021

Abstract

Madison, Wisconsin, is in the midst of a bold new experiment in improving police/community relations. After four years of study, an ad hoc committee recommended 177 reforms designed to improve policing and community trust in police. Central to those recommendations was creation of new civilian oversight mechanisms, including a new Office of an Independent Police Monitor and a new Civilian Police Oversight Board. This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of a follow-up civilian committee, which examined whether body-worn cameras (BWCs) should be a part of that experiment in policing. After canvassing the social science research and receiving extensive community input, the Committee identified potential benefits, but also numerous potential unintended negative consequences of BWCs. In the end, the Committee recommended a pilot project to try BWCs in this city, but only under a very tightly controlled set of circumstances and policies designed to minimize the potential harmful effects of BWCs. This Report sets forth the findings, recommendations, and conditions upon which BWCs should be tried.

Keywords: police, body-worn cameras, civilian oversight, use-of-force

JEL Classification: K42

Suggested Citation

Findley, Keith A. and Brown, Tom and Figueroa, Veronica and Jorgensen, Kim and Myadze, Charles and Schieve, Luke B., Final Report and Model Policy of the Police Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee (January 27, 2021). Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1673, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3774426

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Tom Brown

Independent ( email )

Veronica Figueroa

Independent ( email )

Kim Jorgensen

Independent ( email )

Charles Myadze

Independent ( email )

Luke B. Schieve

Independent ( email )

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