Customs and Border Protection Inches Forward in Deployment of Body-Worn Cameras

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By Joshua Breisblatt

For over two years, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has examined body-worn cameras to see if this technology which is quickly becoming standard police practice, should be used by its agents and officers. In their most recent step forward in implementing body-worn cameras for its agents and officers, CBP announced last week they will be requesting quotes to purchase 108 body-worn cameras and 12 vehicle-mounted cameras by the end of September.

This announcement follows a year of many small steps forward on the use of body-worn cameras. In November 2015, CBP released a feasibility study, which concluded, that while cameras were feasible for CBP, they were going to continue looking at the issue while alsoexpanding of the use of camera technology generally for CBP. In a further show of commitment to the issue in February 2016, the President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2017 included $5 million for the continued study of body-worn camera technology.

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