Body-worn cameras (BWCs) have the potential to serve as a much-needed oversight tool. While BWCs are not a silver bullet to end police misconduct, they can be part of the solution when adopted alongside policies that effectively balance police protection and citizen privacy. Recording police-civilian encounters can help promote police accountability, deter misconduct by law enforcement officers (LEOs) and civilians, further officer safety, and provide relatively objective evidence to assist with the resolution of civilian complaints against police. Without good policies in place, BWCs risk becoming just another surveillance device.
Increasing reports of law enforcement agencies acquiring BWCs led the ACLU of Mississippi to take a deeper look into the use of BWCs. The ACLU of Mississippi initiated a project to gather and report to the public information on the use of BWCs by agencies throughout the state, which has led to the publication of this report and recommendations regarding the use of BWCs in Mississippi. The findings and recommendations of this report are based on information gathered and analyzed in 2017. See all of the local policies collected below.