Body-Worn Cameras and Gender-Based Violence: Practical Considerations from the Prosecution Perspective
Presented by John Wilkinson, AEquitas Attorney Advisor
Over the past decade, law enforcement’s use of body-worn cameras (BWC) has significantly increased and public awareness of, and demand for, use of cameras has risen. While BWCs can provide helpful evidence in cases involving gender-based violence (GBV), their use may also adversely impact victim safety and privacy. Standard procedures in many departments call for the activation of BWCs during any responsive citizen-police encounter, but there are often no special provisions related to GBV. Going forward, agencies should develop victim-centered policies or protocols that address the impact of BWCs on victims during response to these crimes.
This recording discusses many of the issues law enforcement, prosecutors, forensic examiners, and other allied professionals must consider when BWCs are used in GBV investigations. The presenter describes the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration – at the local, state, and federal levels – in order to develop effective BWC policies that address victim safety, privacy, and autonomy. The presenter also addresses issues such as deactivation of a BWC at appropriate points during the investigation, privacy and safety considerations, discovery, redaction, protective orders limiting dissemination, and requests under freedom of information or open records statutes.
Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, community-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, probation and parole officers, and judges are encouraged to register for this webinar recording.
This one-hour recording should qualify prosecutors for one (1.0) hour of continuing legal education credit. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.
Click here to view the recording from this February 23, 2017 webinar. *Please note:* The audio recording had a few technical glitches. There are a few brief gaps where the training paused in order to reconnect. Please excuse these disruptions.
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