Body-Worn Cameras:

Building a Secure and Manageable Program for Law Enforcement


TIME:      8:15 AM - 4:40 PM


Event Agenda:

Speakers to be updated as confirmed. 

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast & Registration    

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM: Introductions

Speaker: James Burch, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Police Foundation

9:05 AM - 9:15 AM: Welcoming Remarks

Speaker: Vincent Talucci, Executive Director, International Association of Chiefs of Police    

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM: Opening Keynote

This keynote will examine the current state of body-worn camera deployments in the United States, including key concerns, challenges, and solutions. This keynote will also look at organizations such as the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association are doing to aid their members as they deploy body-worn camera programs.

Speaker: Chief J. Thomas Manger, President, Major Cities Chiefs Police Association; Chief of Police, Montgomery County Police Department

9:45 AM - 10:05 AM: Presentation: Survey Results

Speaker: Charles DeWitt, Legislative and Policy Advisor, Major Cities Chiefs Police Association 

10:05 AM - 10:55 AM: Panel Discussion One: Changing the Way Law Enforcement Does Business  

The deployment of body-worn cameras is part of a larger shift in law enforcement community relations. In an effort to enhance transparency of operations and to ensure accountability, agencies are adopting body-worn cameras to document police/citizen interactions. Research suggests that body-worn cameras have a positive influence on the behavior of both officers and citizens, reducing the number of instances where officers use force, as well as the number of complaints that citizens file. Body-worn cameras, however, are only a tool to support more strategic changes in the nature of policing, including broader community engagement and training in critical incident de-escalation. How does the deployment of body-worn cameras and other technologies impact agencies, commanders, supervisors, and line officers? What changes need to be made to accommodate these changes? What can law enforcement agencies do to prepare for these changes?


  • Paul Rosenzweig, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (facilitator)
  • Jim Baker, Director, Law Enforcement Operations and Support, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Dr. Chris Koper, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University
  • Eddie Reyes, Deputy Chief of Police, Alexandria Police Department
  • Corey Stoughton, Senior Counsel, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice

10:55 AM - 11:05 AM: Break

11:05 AM - 11:55 AM: Panel Discussion Two: Privacy and Victim Rights 

Enhancing transparency of operations and holding police accountable for their actions are two of the principal reasons law enforcement agencies are adopting body-worn cameras. Police body-worn cameras, however, are also likely to capture citizens in difficult and emotionally charged situations, in vulnerable and embarrassing circumstances, and in private and personal settings. Videos may also capture images of children, innocent family members, and witnesses only indirectly involved in the incident.  Recording video in virtually every encounter between police and the public raises profound privacy implications that need to be weighed with broader program objectives. How do agencies balance growing public demands for greater transparency with respecting the privacy rights of victims, children and vulnerable populations? Should body-worn video be subject to the same Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests as other official documents? How should agencies ensure the security and integrity of BWC videos? 


  • David Roberts, Senior Program Manager, Technology Center, International Association of Chiefs of Police (facilitator)
  • Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Bill Schrier, Chief Information Officer, Seattle Police
  • Sharon Woo, Assistant District Attorney, City and County of San Francisco

11:55 AM - 12:30 PM: buffet lunch

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM: lunch keynote - Current State of Play for Law Enforcement Body-worn Camera Deployment in the United States

This Keynote will provide an overview of the current landscape for body-worn camera deployments in the United States, including the broader law enforcement environment, public policy demands, and status of deployments across the country. This keynote will also highlight some of the major issues confronting law enforcement and policy makers, including concerns regarding the management of body-worn camera data, the security of that data, and the policies governing how it’s used.

Speaker: The Honorable Michael Chertoff, Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group and former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM: Panel Discussion Three: Managing the Body-Worn Camera Workload

Every officer wearing a body-worn camera is likely to generate hundreds of hours and over 100GB of video data every year. Managing the equipment, the infrastructure, and the burgeoning volume of digital evidence that invariably results from BWC programs poses significant challenges to agencies of all size. Many agencies will turn to emerging technologies for cloud storage, data analytics, redaction, and machine learning to help them collect, store, manage and secure an exponentially growing volume digital data. What experiences have agencies already had in procuring, deploying, and managing the equipment, infrastructure, and technologies associated with BWC? What impact does this technology have on how prosecutors and law enforcement build and manage their caseloads? What policies need to be in place to ensure the proper handling of this data? How can law enforcement agencies prepare for future technological changes?


  • Jeff Gould, President, Safegov (facilitator)
  • Major Stephen Willis, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
  • Bob Haas, Commissioner, Cambridge Police Department
  • Sgt. Dan Gomez, Los Angeles Police Department

1:50 PM - 2:40 PM: Ask the Experts: What You Need to Know About Deploying BWCs  

A number of major U.S. law enforcement agencies have already implemented large-scale pilot programs or completed full deployments of body-worn cameras across their law enforcement agencies. This is your opportunity to ask clarifying questions from our expert panelists and hear real world experiences when enacting a body-worn camera program, including unforeseen challenges, opportunities, and ongoing considerations. 


  • James Burch, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Police Foundation (facilitator)
  • Paul Rosenzweig, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Inspector Steve Goodier, Hampshire Constabulary (UK)
  • Sgt. Dan Gomez, Los Angeles Police Department
  • Major Stephen Willis, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

2:40 PM - 2:50 PM: break

2:50 pm - 3:40 pm: Panel Discussion Four: Assessing the broader impact of body-worn camera video

The use of body-worn camera data, both in the court room and outside it, presents a host of challenges and legal issues for both law enforcement agencies and district attorneys’ offices. Body-worn camera video has potential use cases not only in criminal cases, but in civil cases, internal law enforcement disciplinary cases, and as part of the application of “sunshine” or “freedom of information” laws. How should agencies address these use cases, what is an appropriate use of body-worn camera data, should such data be subject to “sunshine” laws, and what steps should be taken to protect the privacy of those captured in these videos?


  • Bryan Cunningham, information security, privacy and data protection lawyer and former Deputy Legal Advisor to National Security Advisor (facilitator)
  • Nelson Bunn, Director, National District Attorneys Association
  • Antonia Merzon, Colorado District Attorneys' Council
  • Bob Haas, Commissioner, Cambridge Police Department

3:40 PM - 4:30 PM: Panel Discussion Five: Body-worn Cameras Abroad

While some of the largest body-worn camera deployments have occurred in the United States, other countries, most notably the United Kingdom, have also engaged in body-worn camera video pilots for their Police services. Studies in both countries have revealed interesting and unexpected outcomes which demonstrate both the value of body-worn camera deployments and some of the challenges that departments face during implementation. Do cameras help in the investigative and prosecutorial processes? How have deployments in the U.K. fared? What obstacles have U.K law enforcement encountered? What do deployments in the international venues tell us about what we should expect here in the U.S.? 


  • Darrel Stephens, Executive Director, Major Cities Chiefs Association (facilitator)
  • Tom Ellis, University of Portsmouth (UK)
  • Inspector Steve Goodier, Hampshire Constabulary (UK)
  • Chief Rod Knecht, Edmonton Police Department

4:30 PM - 4:40 PM:  concluding remarks

Speaker: Jim Bueermann, President, Police Foundation