Body Worn Camera Update

Since March, various members of the Bozeman Police Department have had the opportunity to speak with a wide variety of groups and individuals about the new body worn camera program. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with the community clearly understanding the benefits of this tool.

As of June, the video systems in the patrol cars have been changed over to Getac, the new body worn camera vendor. Getac interview room systems are also currently being installed in the new Bozeman Public Safety Center. These two systems will work alongside the body worn cameras to more efficiently capture, store, and organize videos related to a specific call for service or case.

In addition to these efforts, the department has been putting together the policy that will cover body worn camera and other recording devices. The policy describes when to record, when not to record, special considerations, the preservation of recordings, and the use and dissemination of recordings. This policy has been crafted from a variety of sources, including model policies, other agency policies, officer input, and community feedback. The policy draft is available in the "Documents" section over on the right hand side of this page.

As we move closer to the implementation of this program around the end of August, please do not hesitate to reach out with any additional questions or concerns at BWC@bozeman.net.


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