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Posted on: August 30, 2022

Police body camera survey

Body worn cameras


Overview

Body worn video cameras (also called "on-officer recording systems”, "body cams" or "cop cams") are small cameras that clip onto an officer's uniform or are worn as a headset, and record audio and video of the officer's interactions with the public. Body worn cameras provide an accurate and unbiased recorded account of an incident, thereby reinforcing the community’s perception of our professionalism and transparency.

To enhance the services provided to the community, the Atlantic Beach Police Department issues body-worn cameras to all sworn police officers and police sergeants assigned to the Patrol Division, and animal control officers. ABPD began using body-worn cameras in 2020 upon establishing a policy for the use, management, storage, and retrieval of the videos. The policy is intended to achieve an appropriate balance between the benefits of body-worn cameras to the community and officers’ reasonable expectations of privacy. 

The primary objectives of body worn cameras are as follows:

  1. Enhance accountability and public trust by preserving evidence of officer interaction with citizens
  2. Capture digital video evidence for criminal, civil, and traffic-related court cases
  3. Assist officers when legally permissible with recalling facts or other details captured by their assigned BWC that will help them accurately articulate a chain of events when writing reports
  4. Serve as a training tool for officer safety and best practices
  5. Assist in the assessment of contacts between officers and citizens by reviewing procedures and interpersonal actions. 

Survey

Atlantic Beach residents, landowners, and business owners: We are asking for your thoughts via an online survey on the use of body-worn video cameras in use since 2020 by Atlantic Beach police officers. The survey is published at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ABPDBodyWornCameras                                                          

Your opinions matter to us. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary and the answers you provide are entirely anonymous. This is not a test, so there are no right or wrong answers. If you don't find an answer that fits exactly, please choose the one that comes closest. If a question does not apply to you, or if you are not sure what it means, just leave it blank.          
 
Why conduct a survey when body worn cameras already are being utilized? Transparently conducting a community satisfaction survey is among the goals of the Police Department’s 2022 Strategic Plan, and the survey is part of an internal and external evaluation of the body camera program.     

If you have any questions about this survey, or about our use of body worn cameras, please contact Cmdr. David Cameron at dcameron@coab.us or (904) 247-5859.        


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