Manheim Borough Police Issue Body Cams
Manheim, PA (April 28th, 2020) On March 23, 2020 Manheim Borough Police Officers began training with and the use of Body Worn Cameras. The MBPD now utilizes body worn camera technology in day to day field operations. Each officer is assigned a body worn camera with unique identifiers to assure quality control and program integrity. In the fall of 2019, the Manheim Borough Council provided approval for the agency to implement the program in 2020.
The desire of the MBPD was to provide high quality police services with key performance metrics including:
- Cost containment
- Risk containment
- Use of emergent best practices
- Integrate leading edge technology to criminal justice operations
- Agency compliance with all requirements of law concerning privacy and retention of interactions.
The program incorporated input from community stakeholders, criminal justice professionals and a comprehensive MBPD administrative review of emergent best practices to implement the BWC system. The MBPD joins the Lancaster City Police Department, Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department and Strasburg Borough in the use of Body Worn Cameras in Lancaster County.
A key component to the MBPD plan was input from the Office of the Lancaster County District Attorney for planned submission of photographic and video evidence. The advantages of this approach are to simplify the reporting and evidence processes for effective criminal justice outcomes while providing MBPD agency members with an easy to use system that provides effective and simple documentation of events in a cost-effective program. The system is CJIS (Criminal Justice Information) compliant. It also provides integrated applications featuring cloud-based storage with Axon Evidence (Evidence.com) to provide a seamless, end-to-end workflow by allowing officers and investigators to quickly incorporate all video footage, photos, documents and citizen-captured evidence into the official police record, helping to quickly create a comprehensive view of a police incident.