Research on Body-Worn Cameras and Law Enforcement

A report by the Police Executive Research Forum in 2013 found that although there are many perceived benefits for using body-worn cameras, law enforcement agencies must also consider privacy issues, data retention and financial considerations. In order to provide law enforcement executives with the information they need to make informed decisions about body-worn cameras, NIJ has funded two studies, one in Las Vegas and one in Los Angeles, to evaluate the technology and its impact.

Learn more about these projects and related resources on the new Body-Worn Camera webpage at

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Interview with an Expert

One of the more specialized areas of crime-scene investigation has to do with searching for evidence of arson. To get some background in this area, we spoke with an individual who has had more than 46 years in fire service, 24 of which have focused specifically on fire/arson investigation.