Beaverton Police Department (BPD) was awarded a Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program Grant in the amount of $150,000 for 100 cameras through the U.S. Department of Justice. This grant will help advance and expand the department’s efforts to develop a comprehensive Body-Worn Camera (BWC) program. BPD will serve as a pilot program for other law enforcement agencies and will forward findings and best practices to the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the two year grant. The pilot program includes community engagement; development/ refinement of body-worn camera policy and procedures; researching, testing, and procuring equipment; deployment of cameras, and program evaluation.
Following are questions/concerns community members often have about body-worn camera programs. Oregon House Bill 2571 went into effect in June 2015 and addresses many issues, including privacy concerns, records requests, and equipment operation. Please note that responses to some FAQs are subject to change as the BPD develops its policies and procedures.