ASU completes report on police body camera usage

Two Arizona State University criminology and criminal justice professors spent hours of research compiling the information on how police agencies can best implement body cams.

All of their findings are now posted on the internet, for all agencies to see.

Police-worn body camera shave become a hot-button issue with allegations of police abuse dotting headlines across America.

For some police agencies that have already implemented body cameras, they've found it leads to more arrests and a reduction of complaints against officers. But there are a lot of hurdles to get cameras on police officers.

"Implementing body cameras is not a simple process," said Charles Katz.

That's where Katz comes in; he's a professor of criminology and criminal justice at ASU. He has been tasked by the federal government to create an online toolkit to help police agencies across the country implement the technology.

"It takes them on a step by step process on how to implement a program in their community," he said.

The checklist walks police agencies through the entire process.

"Policy issues, what the research states, what the strengths of the body cameras area, and what are the weaknesses, what are the cost issues related to them, and that such," said Katz
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