Body-Worn and Dashboard Cameras: Pros and Cons

November 19, 2014 1:30pm

Geoff Crowe
Director of Legal Services
Edmonton Police Service

Tom Stamatakis
Vancouver Police Union

  • Use in court
    • Use of recordings to refresh memory: are the recordings notes or extrinsic evidence?
    • Any admissibility issues
  • The tension between authenticity of officer recollections and accuracy of recordings
  • Implementation challenges
  • Body-worn vs. dash cams
  • Disclosure issues
  • Data retention policies
  • Dangers of relying on them too heavily: objective recordings vs. officer perceptions
  • The role of the video in assessing use-of-force decisions
  • Privacy issues
    • Use in private spaces
  • The interplay with citizen video