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.
- Community Involvement (community forums, social media outreach, etc.) – Spring 2017
- Development of a body-worn camera policy and procedures – On-going
- Procurement Process – Including testing cameras – Spring/Summer 2017
- Deployment of Cameras – Spring 2018
- Program Evaluation – On-going
Goals of Body-Worn Camera Program:
- Enhance the safety and welfare of Hillsboro Police officers and the citizens of Hillsboro through the deployment of body-worn cameras.
- 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.
- Incorporate the BWC program into HPD’s policy and training development process.
- Reduce the number of officer complaints and potential liability claims.
- Reduce the number of use-of-force applications.
- Improve the public’s perception of organizational transparency.
- Establish a long-term BWC program that remains technologically current and financially sustainable.
- Collaborate with partner agencies to support use of BWC systems in their agencies and surrounding communities.
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