The Benefits of Body-Worn Cameras

The Benefits of Body-Worn Cameras: new findings from a randomized controlled trial at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Anthony Braga, Ph.D., James R. Coldren, Jr., Ph.D., William Sousa, Ph.D., Denise Rodriguez, M.A., Omer Alper, Ph.D.
NIJ Award No.: 2013-IJ-CX-0016
September 28, 2017

The past several years have witnessed significant growth in the number of police agencies using body-worn cameras (BWCs). It has been reported that over one-third of the 18,000 or so law enforcement agencies in the United States have begun using this technology.1 Implemented in response to increased community criticism after several controversial police use of force incidents, BWCs were seen as a remedy for resolving issues of community trust and a way to increase police accountability. However, BWCs are just one tool to address these issues, and the new technology has limitations. As more law enforcement agencies implement BWCs, it has become clear that the technology’s potential impacts are far-reaching and not widely understood. Successful implementation often requires substantial changes to a police organization and its partners (for example, the prosecutor’s office, defense attorneys, the judiciary) in policy, training, staffing, investigations, and technology. Although research on the impacts of BWCs on use of force, citizen complaints, and community perceptions has grown in recent years2, more research is needed to fully understand the breadth of BWCs’ impact on policing and the criminal justice system.

This paper reports on a randomized controlled trial with BWCs in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). The study sample included over 400 officers concentrated in four area commands (districts) in the LVMPD Patrol Division. The research questions addressed the impact of BWCs on police officer use of force incidents, on the number of complaints filed against police officers, and police officer citations and arrests. The study also included a cost-benefit analysis. Below we describe the process and impact evaluation methods and findings and the implications of this research.

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LensLock, Inc. Client Spotlight

Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Office Chooses LensLock’s Body Worn Camera

San Diego, CA: Today, LensLock™ a mobile technology solutions company specializing in body worn cameras for law enforcement announced that they were selected by Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) to provide their department with body worn cameras. After months of body worn
camera evaluating, it became apparent LensLock was the logical choice for ECSO. Sheriff Kenneth Elgan said “We were very pleased to find a partner like LensLock. The cost to our department was extremely affordable when you take into consideration the level of service, body worn camera
technology and unlimited data storage plan they provide”. Jeff Oathout, Vice President at LensLock said “We’re pleased to see this business model we worked so hard to develop make such a positive impact for law enforcement agencies. After a decade of exceeding expectations for 5,000 public
safety agencies with TargetSolutions, you learn what works. Our passion to be a strategic public safety business partner is what drives us each day”.

About LensLock, Inc.: LensLock, based in San Diego, CA. is a turn-key mobile technology company providing body worn camera, software, and secure cloud services focused on ensuring that digital video and data captured is safely maintained in our Microsoft Azure CJIS Government Cloud solution.
LensLock’s secure video management platform helps bring peace of mind to law enforcement officers, while also maintaining an end-to-end chain of custody to ensure digital evidence has not been compromised. LensLock utilizes a digital fingerprint at the time of capture combined with other
meta-data attributes so agencies can manage their critical digital evidence 24/7.

LensLock, Inc. Announces Partnership with CSAC EIA

LensLock, Inc. Announces Partnership with CSAC EIA

The Nation’s Largest Risk Pool Partners With LensLock After Successful Member Pilot Program San Diego, CA: Today, LensLock™ a mobile technology solutions company specializing in body worn cameras for law enforcement announced that they were approved by the CSAC EIA Loss Prevention Committee to enter into an agreement that would help provide body worn cameras to law enforcement agencies in California. As the nation’s largest risk pool, CSAC EIA repeatedly heard law enforcement agencies mention they faced challenges in finding the right business partner to support their body worn camera needs. CSAC EIA set out to find a vendor that would provide this mission critical hardware while using a high-level client first approach to business. After successful member pilot programs, CSAC EIA realized LensLock was an organization that could meet this expectation.

To hit the challenges head-on, LensLock developed a true public safety friendly business model. Jon Handy Founder and CEO said “After serving thousands of public safety agencies for more than a decade at TargetSolutions, we’ve figured out how to exceed client expectations. So by blending this business strategy with the right mobile technology and industry leading business partners like Microsoft and CSAC EIA, LensLock will make a positive impact for the law enforcement agencies that protect us”. Charles Williams, CSAC EIA’s Loss Prevention Manager said “We’re excited to partner with a company that is so focused on supporting the client. Offering a product is one thing but providing a client experience is another. I’m confident LensLock will do exactly that.”

About LensLock, Inc.: LensLock, based in San Diego, CA. is a turn-key mobile technology company providing body worn camera, software, and secure cloud services focused on ensuring that digital video and data captured is safely maintained in our Microsoft Azure CJIS Government Cloud solution.

LensLock’s secure video management platform helps bring peace of mind to law enforcement officers, while also maintaining an end-to-end chain of custody to ensure digital evidence has not been compromised. LensLock utilizes a digital fingerprint at the time of capture combined with other
meta-data attributes so agencies can manage their critical digital evidence 24/7.

LensLock, Inc. to Disrupt Status Quo

Body Worn Camera Company to Leverage Extensive SaaS Experience

San Diego, CA: LensLock™ a mobile technology solutions company specializing in body worn cameras for law enforcement announced they plan to disrupt the status quo with a public safety friendly business model. Jon Handy, founder and former CEO of TargetSolutions, an online training, tracking and compliance solution trusted by nearly 5,000 public safety agencies knew that after selling the company, his life’s work in serving public safety had just begun. He realized that by combining this extensive experience in technology, a client-first approach and passion for serving those who protect our communities, a win win scenario could be created.

With a business model focused around addressing shortfalls and challenges identified by the law enforcement community, there’s no question LensLock was destined to be a top 5 company in the industry. Jon Handy said “If we can leverage our experience and partner with industry leaders like Microsoft to create a best in-class solution for law enforcement, we owe it to them to do so”.

About LensLock, Inc.: LensLock, based in San Diego, CA. is a turn-key mobile technology company providing body worn camera, software, and secure cloud services focused on ensuring that digital video and data captured is safely maintained in our Microsoft Azure CJIS Government Cloud solution. LensLock’s secure video management platform helps bring peace of mind to law enforcement officers, while also maintaining an end-to-end chain of custody to ensure digital evidence has not been compromised. LensLock utilizes a digital fingerprint at the time of capture combined with other meta-data attributes so agencies can manage their critical digital evidence 24/7.