Body Worn Camera Program
“The Stony Brook University Police Department will implement the use of Body Worn Cameras (BWC) beginning March 27 2017”, announced Robert J. Lenahan, Chief of Police and Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety.
During the fall of 2016 the department conducted a pilot program, utilizing three different camera models, for the purposes of testing the ease of use of equipment, officer safety, evidence collection, records retention, cost analysis, and the impact on privacy issues and community relations. As a result of feedback received during the pilot program the “Axon Body 2” camera was selected and it was decided to move the Body Worn Camera program forward on a permanent basis.
“The use of body worn cameras is consistent with recommendations put forth by the President Barack Obama's Task Force on Policing in the 21st Century,” said Chief Lenahan. “It is also consistent with the University Police Department’s philosophy of being fully transparent in our interactions with the community we serve.”
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