Body Worn Cameras in Albany

November 3, 2017: Please click BWC to view the Albany Police Department’s Body Worn Camera policy. Today, Acting Albany Police Chief Robert Sears held a media availability with the press to announce that on Monday, November 6, 2017, officers will begin wearing body worn cameras in Albany. He also announced that after a lengthy and methodical pilot program in which 20 volunteer officers tested cameras from four different body worn camera vendors, the Albany Police Department has chosen the Axon Body 2 body worn camera for use at the APD. Please click Albany Police Community Notification 17-154(1) to view today’s community notification.

May 15, 2017: Please click BWCDraft to see the most up-to-date DRAFT of the body worn camera policy. For several month, members of the Albany Police Department have been working with community stakeholders to draft the attached policy. To learn more about the policy and updates about the body worn camera program in Albany, please attend the Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee’s Community Forum on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue.

Please review the policy and feel free to leave comments or feedback by clicking the “Leave a Comment” tab.

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September 28, 2016: Beginning on Monday, October 3, 2016, 20 Albany police officers will begin piloting body worn cameras from four different vendors to aid the committee in determining which vendor will best meet the needs of the police department and our community.

Two of the vendors will be delivering equipment and set up the back-end infrastructure this week. The 20 officers will begin testing the cameras on a rotating basis. The officers, will be split into two groups of 10 officers each and test one of the two vendor’s cameras for three weeks. After three weeks, the groups will switch cameras for another three weeks of testing. Once the other two of the four vendors delivers their cameras, the same process above will commence until officers have had the opportunity to pilot cameras from all four vendors.

We’re reminding the members of the community that the DRAFT BODY WORN CAMERA POLICY is below and requesting that members of the community to please review and provide any recommendations: Body Worn Camera Draft Policy

This is a draft.  Once a specific camera vendor is chosen, the other aspects of the policy will be developed with further public input.

Please utilize the “Leave a Comment” tab to the left to provide feedback.

Thank you.