The Body-Worn Cameras continue to be an issue. The Report has been through multiple committees. It is time to move on to the next step. The 2021 Budget has funds to support a pilot study of Body Worn Cameras (Body Cams) by Madison Police. Let’s get this study done so we have data specifically related to Madison and how body cams influence police work here. I have registered in support of accepting this report and moving on with the pilot study.
Cost is a concern to some and we will need to grapple with that concern if the pilot study suggests Madison benefits from the body worn cameras. We will cross that bridge when we get there. Every surrounding community police department has body worn cameras. I would turn to them for pros and cons, as well as the research, about specific equipment and then budget out several years if needed to secure them. But that is not the topic of discussion right now, doing the pilot study is.