Will Body Cameras Improve Policing?

The Florida Bar Journal, explored whether the growing use of police body cameras, a practice with a variety of impacts on officers’ employment, would be the subject of mandatory collective bargaining in Florida. I now address the broader question of whether such devices would improve the delivery and cost of policing services in Florida from a legal perspective.

As to the central question raised in the title, while many would respond with a “yes,” as an attorney with experience representing a large police union, I believe the answer is a sound “maybe.” What follows is my assessment of the legal impacts of the use of police body cameras on officer discipline, agency risk management considerations, and law enforcement-community relations, among other factors.


About The Author

Vanessa Septien
Partner @ FLG
Attorney Cybersecurity Risk

Contact Us

9155 S. Dadeland Blvd · Suite 1710 · Miami, Florida 33156, USA.
Main Number: US +1 305.677.8000 · UK +44 20 3880 0094