New York City

© WIlliam Hoiles, content modified and licensed under Creative Commons

© WIlliam Hoiles, content modified and licensed under Creative Commons

The Policing Project is assisting the New York Police Department (NYPD) with engaging the community around the department’s body-worn camera program. This has the potential to be the largest such effort by a police department seeking public input on a proposed policy.

To ensure broad-based engagement, the Policing Project designed a brief questionnaire anyone can take in order to share views on key policy questions. In addition, organizations or individuals who wish to upload additional written comments can do so by using the online comment portal. Both the questionnaire and comment portal are accessible at www.nypdbodycameras.org until midnight August 7, 2016.

At the end of the public input process, the Policing Project will work with the NYPD to prepare a public report that summarizes the feedback received, as well as the NYPD’s response, explaining how the department adjusted its policy in response to the feedback it received, and why.

The NYPD approached the Policing Project after learning about our efforts in Camden (you can read the Camden report here). Our hope is that as other departments become familiar with these initiatives, this sort of engagement will become a routine part of police department policymaking.

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