Body-Worn Cameras FAQ

Why is the UCPD getting body-worn cameras?

Body-worn cameras can assist with evidence collection and documentation, serve as a training tool, help settle disputes, and ensure that service delivery standards are met.

Are officers required to tell people when they’re being recorded?

Officers must provide notice of recording only in circumstances when the individual being recorded has a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as in their home. The officer is not required to give notice for recordings on the public way or in public places.

What if someone doesn’t want to be recorded?

If an officer responds to an incident, he or she must have their camera on at all times. However, if a victim or witness to a crime does not want to be recorded, they can request that the camera be turned off.

Do other campus police departments use cameras?

Use of body-worn cameras is becoming a best practice for police departments, including those on university campuses. Several universities, including Yale University, Wake Forest University, Duke University, Tulane University, and Rice University, are already using these devices.

 

Updated March 30, 2016