Do Police Officers Have Body Cams They Are Required To Wear?

Throughout the last few years, more and more people have been calling for cops to wear body cams. So, do police officers have to wear them? Let’s discuss a few things and then we’ll answer that question at the end.
There Is No Concrete Federal Laws On The Books
As of now, the Federal government has not implemented a law that requires police officers to wear body cams. This means that where officers work will directly play a role in whether or not they are required to wear a cam. Requirements vary from one state to another state, as well as on a regional level.
Major Cities Have Been Jumping Aboard
There are a few major cities that have been implementing their policies in regards to police and the use of body cams. Some of these cities include New York, Chicago, St. Louis and Baltimore to name a few. More and more major cities are requiring their officers to wear body cams, but they are still not required to have specific policies in place.
It’s worth pointing out that some smaller and medium-sized cities do not have the funds to provide their police officers with body cams. It can easily cost a small town or medium-sized city thousands upon thousands to implement a body cam program to all of their officers. However, this might change in the future if more funding is offered by the Federal government.
Areas With Many Complaints
Also, it’s worth pointing out that more and more areas where there have been many complaints lodged against cops are areas that are requiring officers to wear cams. In fact, there have been areas that used to have a high complaint rate against cops and those rates have dropped shortly after a body-cam policy was implemented. It is important to note that sometimes complaints against officers for abuse of power was justified, but other times it wasn’t. This means that body cams protect both citizens and officers against unfair complaints.
As you can see, generally speaking, police officers around the United States don’t have to wear body cams. It all boils down to where they are located and whether or not some specific rules and laws say they have to wear cams. For now, there is no federal law on the books that require cops to wear cams, but this can change at some point in the future.

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