Body Cam Aims to be "the Ultimate Ride-Long"
Updated On: Nov 27, 2018
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The DC Police Union attended a pre-screening and Q&A at the National Law Enforcement Museum for Investigation Discovery's new show Body Cam. The reality format recounts meaningful police encounters by interweaving body-worn camera footage with commentary from officers who were on scene. Calling the show "the ultimate ride-along," producers hope that Body Cam helps to humanize officers and inform public perception of the challenges of police work.

During the Q&A panel, the DC Police Union inquired about reactions from the various agencies the producers approached. Even without the fit and finish of a highly produced television series, body-worn camera footage is impactful, and concerted efforts by police departments to publicize the countless positive encounters of their officers could pay-off in increased public trust and officer motivation. Is there an opportunity, using only existing body-worn camera footage, social media accounts, and minimal videography, for departments to showcase the successes of their officers? 

Producers indicated that while agencies generally showed a great deal of interest in highlighting the success stories of their officers, body-worn cameras, along with data storage and management, are costly, and most agencies are too busy navigating basic financial and policy barriers. 

Sounds like an opportunity for some innovative, forward-thinking department to break new ground.     

Click here to read more about Body Cam. The pilot episode airs Tues, Nov 27 at 10PM on Investigation Discovery


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