Body-worn cameras will become easier to use and provide opportunities to enhance police legitimacy, procedural justice and officer safety, but they are never going to be a panacea to improve police-community relations without proper policies and training, Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann told the federal Task Force on 21st
Century Policing Saturday.
Police-community relations “in all likelihood, can be greatly enhanced by employing technological advances like body-worn cameras,” Bueermann told the panel appointed by President Obama. “But, no matter how much we are enamored with technology, we must never forget that, ultimately, in policing and protecting our communities, only people count.”
Bueermann testified as part of a panel on the subject of “Body Cameras – Research and Legal Considerations.” The panel discussion was part of a day-long “listening session” held by the Task Force in Cincinnati, Ohio, to address the issues of Technology and Social Media as they relate to law enforcement practices. The hearing was taped and the video will be available in the future at http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2768