Collections > Master's Papers > School of Information and Library Science > Measuring the Impact of Body Worn Cameras (BWC) on Data Management and Record Retention for Law Enforcement Agencies

This study examines the rates of data production for US law enforcement agencies deploying Body Worn Camera and DashCam systems. Analysis estimates that local law enforcement agencies can reasonably expect to produce 33.9 individual video files, totaling 11.1 hours of video, and (depending on the video capture quality) requiring between 10-20 gigabytes of storage space per officer, per month. The study also demonstrates that video file production rates from existing DashCam systems can be an effective benchmark when considering the implementation of a Body Worn Camera system. Finally, the study finds that of all implementation policies examined, only two policies demonstrated significant positive impact on video capture rates: 1) if officers were required to inform citizen of camera in operation, and 2) if officers were allowed to view footage prior to making a shift report.