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Body-Worn Camera Program

BACKGROUND

Several years ago, the Police Department began exploring the potential implementation of a Body-Worn Camera (BWC) system. Since that time, Chief Barry Barnard has continued pursuing the program recognizing the benefit to the Department and our community. Chief Barnard considers the implementation of Body-Worn Cameras to be a significant milestone for Prince William County. He is proud of the County's citizen satisfaction survey which shows the Police Department is well regarded by our community. Chief Barnard views Body-Worn Cameras as a way to build upon the trust and strong relationship the Police Department has with our citizens. The overall goal of the BWC program is to enhance community trust by documenting law enforcement encounters with the public while, at the same time, promoting accountability, transparency and professionalism.

To read a community message from Chief Barry Barnard regarding the upcoming Body-Worn Camera deployment, please click here.  [en español]

To view the June 2017 news release announcing the program, please click here.

To view the 2016 Citizen Survey prepared by ORC International, Inc., please click here.

To view a report from the Police Executive Forum (PERF) regarding the implementation of a Body-Worn Camera Program, please click here.

 


AWARENESS VIDEO

 


 

 


SIGNIFICANT MILESTONES

​Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Study​January 2014
​Pilot Program Approved​April 2015
Board of County Supervisors Discuss Results of Feasibility Study​January 2016
​Policy Adopted​July 2016
​Pilot Program Completed​October 2016
​Program Officially Approved​January 2017
​Contract signed with Axon (formerly Taser International)​March 2017
​Final Presentation to the Board of County Supervisors​May 2017
​Continual Education and Public Outreach​Summer 2017
​Equipment Delivery and Infrastructure Completion​​Summer 2017

 


BODY-WORN CAMERA POLICY

In the Spring of 2015, the Prince William County Police Department, along with representatives from the County Executive's Office, the Commonwealth Attorney's Office and the County Attorney's Office, formed a committee to draft a comprehensive policy governing the Department's use and deployment of the Body-Worn Camera system. Additionally, this committee sought insight from numerous stakeholder groups including members of the faith and business community, civic and civil rights organizations, members of the education, legal and medical field, print and broadcast media and other government agencies. The policy was officially adopted in July of 2016 and may change as the BWC Program continues to evolve. To view the latest policy, please click here.

 


PILOT PROGRAM

In August of 2016, the Police Department field tested Body-Worn Cameras for a period of 60-days. During this testing phase, the Department examined which system would meet the needs of the Department and our community. Over the 60-day period, the Department identified 30 operators who would test two different systems. Once the testing was complete, the results were reviewed and evaluated, then presented to the Board of County Supervisors in January of 2017 for their consideration and further direction. The results of the pilot program were overwhelmingly positive and the Board authorized the Department to move forward with the BWC program. To view the Department's initial press release announcing the testing phase, please click here.

 


PRODUCT

As part of the pilot program, the Department tested the Axon Body 2 camera. This product was ultimately selected as the most suitable system for our needs. In March of 2017, the Prince William County Police Department signed a contract with Axon (formerly known as Taser International) as the sole supplier of our Body-Worn Camera system. To learn more about this camera, please click here.  

 


IMPLEMENTATION TIMELINE 

​Training and Initial Deployment for Officers​Fall 2017*
​Complete Deployment of Body-Worn Cameras​December 2017*
​*Projected dates subject to change.

 

 
*BWC Equipment Mount at the Garfield Station 
 

 


ESTIMATED COSTS

​One-time Costs​Recurring Costs​Total
​Year 1​$400,000​$700,000​$1,300,00
​Year 2​​$700,000​​$700,000
​Year 3​​$700,000​​$700,000
​Year 4​​$700,000​​$700,000
​Year 5​​$700,000​​$700,000
*​Costs do not include staff.

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For more information, or if you have questions about this program, send an e-mail to: policedept@pwcgov.org or call 703-792-5123.

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