On a national level, the events of the past year have highlighted the importance and value of transparency in community policing. Police departments are increasingly embracing the use of body worn cameras, both as a protective measure for their officers and for the communities they serve. Upper Arlington is readying to take this important step.
As you can imagine, there are many policy and procedural considerations associated with the planning and implementation of a program of this magnitude. This includes adherence to public records laws counterbalanced with privacy issues, operational guidelines for officers, and collaboration with the community.
Fortunately, the team developing UA’s operational handbook for body worn cameras has been able to study programs already in existence, benefitting from lessons learned and putting together a road map of best practices that will help ensure a successful launch.
A key goal for the Police Division is to understand the issues our community wants us to address in this process. To that end, we recently hosted a Zoom Community Meeting to provide an overview of program goals, an implementation timeline, and to seek input. A video recording of the meeting is now available for viewing (it lasts approximately 30 minutes) so that you can watch it at your convenience.
The Police Division invites questions and comments from the community throughout the month of April. Please send your feedback to [email protected].