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Body-Worn Camera Publications Provide Overview of Expanding Market

NCJ Number
Date Published
June 2017
1 page
Publication Type
Report (Technical Assistance), Report (Study/Research), Report (Grant Sponsored), Reference Material, Instructional Material
This web page summarizes and provides access to two full reports that provide criminal justice agency procurement officials and policymakers information on the use and procurement of police body-worn cameras.
Under funding by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the John's Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) conducted two studies: "A Market Survey on Body-Worn Camera Technologies" and "A Primer on Body-Worn Camera Technology." The market survey of body-worn camera technologies presents an overview of the claimed key attributes of 66 commercially available body-worn camera models offered by 38 vendors, as well as four stand-alone body-worn camera video management software systems. This information was obtained primarily through an Internet search, supplemented by a request for information published in the Federal Register and outreach to vendors. The information in this report includes, but is not limited to, suggested retail price, weight, and dimensions; capability of the camera to record in low light; capability to record audio; and length of time the camera can record without recharging the battery. A summary table enables a comparison of the attributes of the featured cameras. The Primer on Body-Worn Camera Technology informs agency policymakers about various considerations related to an agency's purchase and implementation of body-worn cameras into current systems, including the content of associated use policies and training. A summary of the market survey on body-worn camera technologies is also included in the Primer. The introduction to these two reports also advises consulting the Bureau of Justice Assistance's "Body-Worn Camera Toolkit."
Date Created: June 12, 2017