The Parker Police Department began equipping all officers with body-worn cameras in 2015.
Body-worn cameras increase the accountability of both officers and community members. National studies on the use of such devices have shown a drop in use-of-force by officers and an even larger drop in complaints against officers. The cameras have been credited for quickly neutralizing defiant behaviors of suspects when they realize they are being recorded. The recorded video may also be used as evidence in court proceedings.
While other organizations are coming under scrutiny for their body-worn camera policy, Parker’s is receiving national support. The Parker Police Department worked with the ACLU to ensure the rights of both officers and citizens.