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BWC Audits - Body Worn Camera Audit Software for Police Departments

Simple Solution to manage your officer video evaluations by utilizing Frontline's BWC Audits software for police

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New body worn camera auditing software (BWC Audits) platform emphasizes accuracy, efficiency and ease of use

Agencies implementing body worn camera auditing systems to limit their risk, reduce their liability exposure, and lower insurance costs

In jurisdictions large and small throughout the country, law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve are increasingly seeing the use of police officer body worn cameras as critical to enhancing transparency and accountability.

But there is a growing consensus within the academic and law enforcement communities that merely deploying the cameras without also implementing sound strategies to use the hours and hours of footage of police activity to provide better supervision, training and quality assurance greatly undercuts their vast potential to improve policing. 

Dr. Eric Piza, Associate Professor with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York is involved in an ongoing study about how police agencies utilize body worn cameras.  He says agencies that deploy body worn cameras but then fail to develop and implement measures to use the data cameras provide to actually improve police work and bolster public trust are selling the technology short. 

“Far too often the public expects cameras to fix all the complex problems associated with policing,” said Dr. Piza.  “But far too few departments have implemented regular and ongoing audit and review policies and instead only review video when something bad happens.” ...

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BWC Audits Advantage - BWC and MVR Evaluations

- Pre-Loaded evaluation forms for BWC and MVR
- Customizable forms allow you to create your own versions
- Create forms using a point system if required
- Manage roster and track evaluations to individual officers
- Create ALERTS to notify supervisors when questions are failed
- Calibrate your evaluators to ensure the process is fine-tuned
- Easily provide reports to supervisors and village officials

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BWC Audits Reports

- Dashboard to provide you all data at a glance
- Custom filter reports to narrow your results per officer, date, time, etc
- Evaluation Count report to ensure your officers are receiving equal evaluations
- Report by question to identify areas for improvement and training

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Step 1 - Start a New BWC Audit Evaluation

Select your Officer... Select the Evaluation... Enter the CAD / Event Details... Click Create

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Step 2 - Watch Video of the CAD/Event

Watch the video that matches your CAD/Event

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Step 3 - Score/Answer the Questions

Score the video by answering the questions on the selected evaluation form

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Step 4 - DONE... Results are Documented

You now have documentation of the evaluation to  create reports, alerts, training, etc.

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7 Reasons for a Body Worn Camera Audit (BWC Audits) Program

1. Manage Cost of Risk
2. Ongoing monitoring of your officers ensures department standards are being met
3. Empowers officers to excel during difficult situations
4. Provides visibility into individual and team performance
5. Lends precision to coaching, and identify focused training requirements
6. Creates additional promotional paths for officers
7. Improves and scales public satisfaction

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Body Worn Camera BWC Audits and Compliance Reviews – What They Are and Why They Are Necessary

Within the context of BWCs, a program audit should formally examine and evaluate internal policies, procedures, and operations related to BWCs. An audit is much more than a cursory review or spot check. It is a structured, in-depth look conducted at an agency level by personnel who are trained in audit processes.[1] The purpose of the audit is to closely examine all aspects of a BWC program (e.g., camera training, organizational awareness and understanding, activation and use, recurring supervisory compliance checks, integration with criminal justice stakeholders) to ensure they are being conducted properly and effectively.

While the word audit generally has a negative connotation, agencies should not consider audits an encumbrance, as they can be quite beneficial. An audit does not simply try to find fault or someone to blame. Rather, agencies should view an audit, especially a proactive one, as an opportunity to identify gaps and address them before problems arise, and to identify good practices to sustain. Audits maximize the utility of the BWCs for the agency and the community, which thereby maximizes the agency’s return on investment in the BWC technology. Those are significant benefits.

BWC user compliance reviews check for the existence and content of BWC videos to determine whether officers are using the cameras in compliance with policy. While audits are typically conducted periodically at an agency level, compliance reviews should be ongoing and take place at a supervisory level or, in the case of larger agencies, by a unit dedicated to compliance review. BWC user compliance reviews, especially when coupled with BWC program audits, will ensure a healthy and defensible BWC program that can provide the accountability and transparency that the public and courts expect.