Mayor's Working Group on the Use and Implementation of Body Worn Cameras

Overview

The Mayor's Working Group on the Use and Implementation of Body Worn Cameras was formed to assess and explore the potential implementation of body cameras for officers in the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). The group is comprised of law enforcement officials, legal representatives, information technology specialists, community members, and clergy.

The working group provided the mayor with a comprehensive report, which includes recommendations based on careful examination of the benefits and risks of body camera implementation, including cost, privacy, video storage, and the appropriate scope of such a program for Baltimore City. In addition to building upon preliminary research conducted by BPD over the past year, the working group has also investigated potential legal challenges and favorable operating policies regarding the use of body cameras.

Transparency & Accountability

Mayor Rawlings-Blake announced the formation of the working group on October 17, 2014.

"When worn effectively, body cameras can increase accountability and transparency for our police force, but we need to make sure that we address a number of concerns, ranging from cost to privacy. This working group will review the implications of implementing a body camera program. While some would think we should just roll out a plan, this is something too important not to get right."

-Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

The Mayor's Working Group on the Use and Implementation of Body Worn Cameras is part of the Rawlings-Blake Administration's focus on increasing transparency and accountability within BPD following a series of public safety forums hosted by the mayor and police commissioner earlier in the year.