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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

NYPD - Historical and Current Research: Police Body Cameras/Video

This is a guide mainly focusing on the history of the NYPD, but modern sources are covered too. By Ellen Belcher

Subject headings and search terms

Try these keyword searches in CUNY+ Catalog. OneSearch, Academic Search Complete and Criminal Justice Abstracts :

Body Cameras | [Police OR Law Enforcement] AND Wearable Video | Body Cameras AND Privacy |

or these subject headings:

Wearable video devices in police work. | Wearable Video devices

Reports, Policy, Best Practices, Recommendations

Bureau of Justice Statistics (2018) Body-Worn Cameras in Law Enforcement Agencies, 2016.

American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. (November 29, 2016). No Tape, No Testimony: How Courts Can Ensure the Responsible Use of Body Cameras.

Brennan Center for Justice, (August 3, 2016) Police Body Cameras: Retention and Release.

Feeney, M., & Cato Institute. (2015). Watching the watchmen best practices for police body cameras (Policy analysis, no. 782). Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute.

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, (May 15, 2015) Civil Rights, Privacy, and Media Groups Release Principles for Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras.

ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc, & National Law Enforcement & Corrections Technology Center. (2012). A primer on body-worn cameras for law enforcement. Washington, D.C.: NLECTC, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice. also available in the library Stacks - HV7946 .E7 P725 2012a

Miller, L. (2014) "Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned," Police Executive Research Forum. also available in the library Stacks - HV7936 .E7 M55 2014a

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. (2017) Access to Policy Body-Worn Camera Video.

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Administration, Body Worn Camera Toolkit.

White, M. (2014). Police officer body-worn cameras: Assessing the evidence. United States. Office of Justice Programs.

CQ Researcher

Mantel, B. (2017, April 21). High-tech policing: Are new surveillance technologies effective and legal?. CQ researcher, 27, 337-360. [CUNY log-in required]

Articles from Criminal Justice Abstracts [JJay login required]

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NYPD & Body Cameras

Memo: NYPD Oversight Investigators' Job Has Become "Untenable" Because Of Body Cam Backlog Gothamist

NYPD (April 2017) Response to Public and Officer Input on the Department’s Proposed Body-Worn Camera Policy

The NYPD Monitor was established in compliance to a court ruling on the NYPD practice of Stop and Frisk. One of the findings was that the NYPD must also establish a pilot program for officers to wear body-worn cameras. They have a page of resources on NYPD body cameras.

responses and recommendations to the above proposed NYPD policy:

Policing Project, NY School of Law. (2017) NYPD Body-Worn Cameras, Proposed Policy Fact Sheet.

New York Civil Liberties Union (August 5, 2016) Comments in Regard to the New York Police Department’s Proposed Body-Worn Camera Policy

New York City Department of Investigation, The Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD (OIG-NYPD). (July 2015) Body-Worn Cameras in NYC: An Assessment of NYPD’s Pilot Program and Recommendations to Promote Accountability.

Archivist & Records Manager's perspectives

Society of American Archivists, Committee on Public Policy (2017) Issue Brief: Police Mobile Camera Footage as a Public Record.

UCLA Department of Information Studies National Forum, (August 17-19, 2016). “On the Record, All the Time,”

Selected Articles

, U. (2023) How Police Have Undermined the Promise of Body Cameras ProPublica

Funk, M., (October 18, 2016). "Should We See Everything a Cop Sees?" The New York Times Magazine. pp. 

Piza Eric L. (2018) The History, Policy Implications, and Knowledge Gaps of the CCTV Literature: Insights for the Development of Body-Worn Video Camera Research. International Criminal Justice Review.