Body Worn Cameras for Police Departments

Recorded On: 09/12/2018

Body worn cameras (BWCs) have been in the news for the past couple of years. To better educate local governments on the trending issues surrounding this topic, Leonard Matarese leads a discussion with the CNA Institute for Public Research, which directs and coordinates technical assistance regarding BWCs for the hundreds of police agencies that have received funding in recent years from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BIA) under the BWC Policy and Implementation Program (PIP). 

In this webinar, Dr. James R. “Chip” Coldren, Jr., CNA managing director and director of the BJA PIP BWC technical assistance program, will discuss three important issues regarding BWCs: 1) The BWC technical assistance program and resources available to police agencies implementing BWC programs; 2) current and emerging policy issues regarding BWCs (such as activation/deactivation, notification to civilians, storage and retention, review and access to BWC footage, and more); and 3) research findings regarding the impacts of BWCs on police operations, cost effectiveness, and community acceptance of BWCs.

Leonard Matarese

Director of Research and Project Development, Center for Public Safety Management

Leonard Matarese is the Managing Partner of the Center for Public Safety Management, the exclusive provider of public safety technical assistance to ICMA. Leonard has 50 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, police chief, public safety director, city manager and major city human resources commissioner. He has conducted or managed over 350 studies of public safety agencies with particular attention to matching staffing issues with calls for service workload.

Dr. James R. "Chip" Coldren, Jr.

Managing Director, CNA Institute for Public Research

Chip Coldren is a justice research expert with over 35 years of research experience in justice system effectiveness, police evaluation, crime prevention, corrections, juvenile justice and restorative justice. Coldren has worked alongside the U.S. Department of Justice and many police departments across the country to study community policing, improve police-community relationships, implement body-worn camera policies and evaluate policing effectiveness. He has assisted police departments in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Spokane and several other cities.

Coldren is a former Criminal Justice professor at Governors State University. He has both a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University.


Live Event
09/12/2018 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
09/12/2018 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes Live Event: Body Worn Cameras
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1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available