Body camera usage and evidence retention policies
|Submitted||July 17, 2018|
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From: Brian Waters
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Vermont Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:
1) Any department policies regarding the use of body cameras, such as when body cameras should be activated by officers.
2) Any policies, technical guidelines, documentation, or training materials regarding the proper use of body cameras, such as what operating modes ("online mode", "offline mode", "buffering mode", etc.) officers are supposed to use, and how data is downloaded or uploaded from the cameras.
3) Any data retention policies regarding the storage and retention of video evidence from body cameras.
4) Any policies regarding the redaction, editing, or modification of video evidence from body cameras, or policies regarding when video evidence is appropriate to be released to the public.
For reference, here is some documentation from Axon about operating modes of Axon body cameras:
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.
From: Burlington Police Department
You requested polices regarding body worn cameras. (1) Attached below is the current policy for the Burlington Police Department.
You also requested (2) any policies, guidelines, documentation or training materials. That document is attached and called "BPD Axon Body 2."
You requested data retention policies (3). Those can be found in the policy listed above.
You requested any policy regarding redaction, editing or modification to video. This is addressed in the above mentioned policy and we also follow the guidelines of the public records law exemptions listed here:
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Deputy Chief of Police
Burlington Police Department
One North Avenue
Burlington, Vermont 05401
From: Brian Waters
Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.