A joint committee has submitted recommendations to the Howard County Council urging them to implement a pilot body camera program for the county police department.
As reported in The Baltimore Sun:
Committee members recommended looking at body cameras as a “valuable record of events” that might “ensure equality for both the officer and the citizen” during a traffic stop, arrest or other interaction, according to the report.
“Everyone has a smartphone these days,” said Citizen Advisory Council chair Linda Lee Hickerson. With body cameras, “the he said/she said is eliminated.”
County officials should work out a policy for the cameras before strapping them onto police officers and sending them into the field, the report noted. Privacy issues, public disclosure requirements and policies on when and when not to record, as well as how long to store video footage, would have to be considered first.
The committee consisting of members of the Howard County Police Department’s Citizen Advisory Council was commissioned by the County Council to explore ways to strengthen police-community relationships.
The committee presented a number of other recommendations relating to police-community relationships and the article notes that county officials are reviewing the recommendations but have not yet made any decisions.
For more information read the full article in The Baltimore Sun.
MACo’s Winter Conference will include a session that explores PIA issues as they relate to police body cameras. The session entitled, “I Spy With My Little Eye – Police Body Cameras and the Maryland Public Information Act” will be held from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm on Thursday, December 10 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel.
Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:
- Registration Brochure
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- Online Hotel Reservations at the Hyatt
- Sponsor Brochure
- Exhibitor Brochure
- Conduit Street blog coverage
Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.