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Published on Friday, October 28, 2016

The Use of Body Worn Cameras Task Force

The Use of Body Worn Cameras (BWC) Task Force recently held its second meeting on October 7 in Richland, WA. The task force was created by HB 2362, the AWC-supported body camera bill that passed during the 2016 legislative session. The group consists of legislative members, local government groups, civil rights organizations, law enforcement advocacy groups, the news media, and others. They have until December 1, 2017 to finalize a report to the legislature detailing the following:

  • Costs assessed to requesters;
  • Policies adopted by agencies;
  • Retention and retrieval of data;
  • Model body worn camera (BWC) policies;
  • The use of BWCs in health care facilities subject to federal and state health care privacy laws;
  • And the use of BWCs for gathering evidence, surveillance, and police accountability.

The task force is still in the information-gathering phase. The October 7 meeting focused on the technical aspects of the cameras, the use of BWCs in health care facilities, and adopted BWC policies from local agencies across the state. The links below provide access to materials presented at the meeting that some cities may find useful.

“Components of Body Worn Camera Policies Adopted by Washington Agencies” – Provides a summary of common components of local BWC policies.

“Covered Jurisdictions and Policies” – Provides complete BWC policies from many of Washington’s cities and counties.

“Bodyworn Video Technology” – A PowerPoint presentation covering basic technical aspects of BWCs.