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Body Cameras

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Hillsboro Police Department employees will utilize a $217,500 federal grant to research and establish a body-worn camera program that enhances police officer interactions with the community, continues to build trust, and demonstrates the department’s commitment to transparency. 

Hillsboro is one of four Oregon law enforcement agencies to receive federal funding under the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs. The body-worn cameras will document the community-minded policing work that officers do each day, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the judicial process through video and audio documentation.

Community involvement will be crucial in developing a body-worn camera policy that builds on the existing positive relationship between police and residents. Tools to encourage community participation include developing community surveys, holding public forums, and utilizing social media to inform residents and businesses.

Basic Timeline:

  • August 2015 to March 2016: Research Body Worn Cameras, Secure City Manager Support
  • April 2016:  Grant Application Finalized
  • September 2016:  Grant Awarded, Council Approval  
  • July 2016 to July 2017: Development of a Body-Worn Camera Policy, District Attorney Body-Worn Camera Guidance
  • March 2017 to August 2017: Community Feedback (Community Forums, Public Survey, Webpage)
  • April 2017: Request for Proposal Issued (11 responses received, narrowed down to 2 vendors)
  • July 2017 to September 2017: Camera Field Testing
  • September 2017:  Axon Chosen as Vendor (Flex 2 Camera)
  • October 2017 to January 2018:  Contract Terms and Conditions Negotiated
  • February 2018:  Council Approval of Contract/Inter-Governmental Agreements (Sherwood & North Plains)
  • June 2018:  Delivery of Equipment
  • July 2018 to August 2018:  Training
  • September 2018 to December 2018:  Phased Deployment of Cameras  

Goals of Body-Worn Camera Program:

  1. Enhance the safety and welfare of Hillsboro Police officers and the citizens of Hillsboro through the deployment of body-worn cameras.
  2. Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the judicial process through video and audio documentation of the actions of officers, citizens, witnesses, and offenders by using BWCs with an enhanced focus on domestic violence cases.
  3. Incorporate the BWC program into HPD’s policy and training development process.
  4. Reduce the number of officer complaints and potential liability claims.
  5. Reduce the number of use-of-force applications.
  6. Improve the public’s perception of organizational transparency.
  7. Establish a long-term BWC program that remains technologically current and financially sustainable.
  8. Collaborate with partner agencies to support use of BWC systems in their agencies and surrounding communities.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Where can I find more information on Federal CJIS regulations and requirements?

  • What is a body-worn camera (BWC)?

  • Will every officer in the police department have a body-worn camera?

  • How many cameras will the Hillsboro Police Department deploy when the program is complete?

  • Where is BWC footage stored?

  • How long is the video kept?

  • Does the officer have to tell me when I’m being recorded?

  • What if I don’t want to be recorded?

  • Can an officer record inside my home?

  • Will interviews with victims and witnesses be recorded?

  • Will officers use body-worn cameras to record casual conversations with community members?

  • When will the cameras be turned on?

  • Why not record the entire shift?

  • Who will have access to the video?

  • How will video of juvenile offenders be handled?

  • Why shouldn’t all video recorded by police be made available to the public?

  • How is HPD seeking community input?

  • Who can I contact if I have questions about HPD’s BWC program?

  • Where can I get more information about body-worn cameras?

  • Does HPD have a written policy related to body-worn cameras?

  • How will HPD choose a camera system?

  • What are the limitations of body-worn cameras?