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8 Hour Body-Worn Cameras, Civilian Recordings and Social Media

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Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fairview Heights Police Department
10027 Bunkum Road
Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208
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Instructor: Attorney Mathew Dolan, Dolan Consulting Group.
Class Limit: 30
A new level of society-wide transparency has accompanied technological developments in recording and in individuals’ ability to engage in public expression through social media.  This has presented law enforcement agencies with new opportunities in identifying suspects, solving crimes and holding officers accountable to agency standards of conduct.  It has also presented these agencies with significant challenges.  Most notable of these challenges is a level of transparency and scrutiny for officers—on and off the job—that is unprecedented.
Significant liability and public relations issues are emerging due to the practical and policy challenges associated with body-worn camera programs, the ease with which officers are recorded in the field and the ability of officers to share controversial opinions and workplace grievances to a public audience through social media.
This evolving landscape necessitates training that incorporates the latest statutory legal developments, court decisions and noteworthy case studies from throughout the country.  This course will prepare law enforcement professionals to craft and implement policies that reflect an understanding of these areas of emerging legal liability.
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM    Welcome and Introductions
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM    Body Cameras
  1. Possible Pros and Cons of agency adoption
  2. Planning and conducting pilot programs
  3. Costs of body cameras beyond hardware
9:45 AM– 11:00 AM   Body Cameras
  1. Impact of state-specific open records laws
  2. Common sense policies focused on officer safety and public transparency
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM  Citizen Recordings
  1. The citizens’ right to record officers on duty— “the writing is on the wall”
  2. Limits on citizens right to record—NOT a “get- out-of-jail-free” card
12:00 PM –  1:00 PM   Lunch
   1:00 PM – 3:00 PM    Citizen Recordings
  1. Lawful arrests of citizen recorders
  2. Preparing officers through preventative training
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM    Social Media Policy
  1. Officers’ First Amendment rights in the age of social media
  2. The high cost of unlawful First Amendment retaliation against officers
4:30 AM – 5: 00 PM   Course Summary & Conclusion