Body Worn Camera Pilot Program
The Stony Brook University Police Department will start a thirty day Body Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Program beginning September 12, 2016, announced Robert J. Lenahan, Chief of Police and Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety.
During the pilot program, one camera will be deployed by a member performing patrol functions. The camera will be activated only during vehicular traffic stops during the initial pilot. The purpose of the initial program is to test the ease of use of equipment, officer safety, evidence collection, records retention, cost analysis, and the impact on privacy issues and community relations.
“The use of body worn cameras is consistent with recommendations put forth by the President’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.”
Several companies have provided equipment to be tested and an evaluation of those cameras will also be performed. Participating officers will provide feedback on the use and reliability of the equipment to assist in selecting equipment to be utilized on a permanent basis.