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Body Worn Camera Pilot Program in Reston Ends

by Fatimah Waseem September 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm 6 Comments

Police officers in Reston will no longer be equipped with body-worn cameras, as the pilot program ends in three Fairfax County police stations.

The program began in mid-February after the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the pilot program in November last year. Three stations – Mason, Mount Vernon and Reston – participated in the program.

Reston was added to the program in March because extra equipment was available. Police department officers also said Reston’s location near several high-rise buildings and the Silver Line provided unique data from patrol units.

A research team at American University will study the program’s effectiveness and interview trained officers and community members to determine the effect the equipment on police activity and perception of police legitimacy in the community.

The team will also analyze data about the number and type of complaints filed against officers during the time the pilot program was in effect.

A report is expected in early 2019. The program cost roughly $684,000 in fiscal year 2018.

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  • Greg

    Only Fairfax County could spend (waste) $684,000 on a pilot program of tested and widely deployed tech, end up with extra equipment, and then spend gobs more to study the results.

    Cop body cams are not new tech, and most, if not all, FCPD vehicles have had cameras for years.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Another Bulova fiasco

  • Greg

    Also, we need the editor…and a verb.

    • Why do you bother?

      or an “of”

    • I Miss Karen

      Sigh…

  • Greg

    By 2015, 95 percent of large police departments reported they were using body cameras or had committed to doing so in the near future, according to a national survey.

    Here’s your study — already paid for by the feds.

    https://assets.bwbx.io/documents/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/rvnT.EAJQwK4/v0

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