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Police Camera Operations

Legal and Policy Issues

May 10, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition:  Free
Champaign Police Dept.
82 East University Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820
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This course is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Training Mandates

This course meets state guidelines for the following mandated subject areas:

  • Law Update  (annual)
  • Civil Rights  (every 3 yrs.)
  • Constitutional & Proper Use of authority  (every 3 yrs.)
  • Procedural Justice  (every 3 yrs.)


Following several high profile police/citizen encounters, there are rallying cries throughout the nation for better evidence documentation and increased accountability and transparency.  In response, many agencies are considering (or already utilizing) body-worn cameras, mobile audio-video (“MAV”) systems, drones, and other video technology to better serve their employees and community members.  This course will discuss and highlight the advantages of these systems, but will also point out the disadvantages when these operations are not fully understood or appreciated.  The program will also outline legal and technological constraints and concerns relating to the use of various camera platforms and will call attention to items that should be considered when developing agency policies that address law enforcement camera operations.


  • Overview of video technology
  • Advantages/disadvantages of implementing a body-worn camera program
  • Illinois law regarding police camera operations
  • Studies involving the use of body-worn cameras
  • The interplay of human dynamics and video evidence
  • Privacy rights of citizens and law enforcement in the workplace
  • How law enforcement technology affects community perceptions
  • The development of Fourth Amendment law as applied to technology
  • Considerations when developing agency policies regarding body-worn cameras, mobile-audio/video systems, drones, and security cameras
  • High-profile incidents involving video footage and its impact on the prosecution of law enforcement officers


Laura Scarry, Attorney at Law
DeAno & Scarry Law Firm, ChicagoRead more


Please register for this course by May 3.