NLCRPD Rolls Out Body Worn Cameras
The NLCRPD deployed Body Worn Camera system on November 1, 2019 making the NLCRPD the first suburban agency in Lancaster County to deploy 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 2018, the NLCRPD Police Commission provided approval for the agency to file a grant application to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to fund the purchase of body worn cameras. The desire of the NLCRPD Police Commission was to provide high quality police services with key performance metrics including:
Use of emergent best practices
Integrate leading edge technology to criminal justice operations
Agency compliance with all requirements of law concerning privacy and reterntion of interactions.
The grant application for a total of $84,000.00 provided a PCCD funding stream award totaling $42,000.00 to the NLCRPD, requiring a $42,000.00 agency match. The plan framework incorporated input from community stakeholders, criminal justice professionals, and a comprehensive NLCRPD administrative review of emergent best practices to implement the BWC system.
The NLCRPD joins the Lancaster City Police Department in the use of Body Worn Cameras in Lancaster County. Key to the NLCRPD plan was input from the Office of the Lancaster County District Attorney for planned submission of evidence. NLCRPD agency objectives included combining all camera systems on a single platform user platform for the:
Taser cameras – CED cameras
Body worn cameras – BWC
Mobile vehicle recorder systems – MVR
Headquarters based applications (interview rooms and detention areas)
The advantages of this approach is to simplify the reporting and evidence process for effective criminal justice outcomes while providing NLCRPD agency members with an easy to use system that provides effective and simple documentation of events in a cost effective program . The NLCRPD previously selected and utilized the AXON CED (Taser) integrated camera device and added the Axon Body Worn camera . The NLCRPD fleet will also feature installation of AXON in car cameras (MVR) into all NLCRPD fleet units.
This entire system wide approach will provide a deeply integrated application 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.