Body Cameras For Roosevelt Island Public Safety Officers On Agenda For RIOC Operations Committee Meeting Today - Are Body Cameras A Good Idea?
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee is meeting later today. The sole Agenda Item is a presentation on the use of body cameras for Public Safety Officers. According to RIOC
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. at the RIOC administrative office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.More on the use of body cameras by Modesto California police officers in this video.
1. Presentation from TASER on Axon Flex Body Cameras
The Open Meetings Law of the State of New York requires that all public bodies conduct meetings, convened for the purpose of officially conducting public business, in a manner open to attendance by the general public to observe and listen.
WNYC reported on the proposed use of body cameras by the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department:
Roosevelt Island is planning to put body-mounted cameras on their public safety officers.and:
This follows an incident in January in which a 20-year-old man was allegedly beaten by the officers, and years of what residents say is excessive use of force by their public safety department....
... But Eugene O’Donnell, a professor of police studies at John Jay College, says that what works for some police departments might not be the right solution for Roosevelt Island.Click here for the entire WNYC article and listen to report below.
“Probably the only thing you’d be offering with a camera is a chance to stop gross abuses and misconduct rather than creating a culture where courtesy and service and professionalism were at the center of what was going on,” said O’Donnell. “So it’s sort of...in my view, the backward approach to a problem.”
O'Donnell says recruitment, training and oversight are the first things that need to be addressed for Roosevelt Island’s Public Safety Department....
More on Public Safety body cameras and brutality allegations from previous posts.
An audio web cast of the Operations Committee meeting will be available soon thereafter.
Following the Operations Committee meeting, the RIOC Audit Committee will meet. According to RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Audit Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the RIOC administrative office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.An audio web cast of the Audit Committee meeting will be available soon thereafter.
1. Discuss Development of a Written Policy Governing the use of RIOC's Discretionary Funds
2. Any Other Committee Business Which May be Brought Before the Committee
UPDATE 9:30 PM - According to Taser:
Testimony is Interesting. Video is Compelling.Below is the Roosevelt Island Body Camera presentation by Taser's Josh Isner to RIOC Operations Advisory Committee earlier today.
Improves behavior of all parties during police interactions.
Reduces false complaints and lawsuits by accurately capturing video from the officer’s perspective.
Saves time and increases efficiency – officers spend more time on patrol with automated workflows that reduce administrative workload.
Pre-event video buffer yields the greatest reduction in complaints and lawsuits when actions leading up to the incidents are recorded.
Low light recording best shows what the human eye actually sees.
Enhances public trust and creates safer communities at a lower cost.
and Part 2.