As part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s continued emphasis on transparency and accountability, the agency has begun the second phase of its Body Worn Camera feasibility study. CBP is conducting the study to evaluate the feasibility of incorporating body worn camera technology into CBP’s law enforcement operations in each of its operational environments along the U.S. border: at and between ports of entry, in the air and at sea.
Commissioner Kerlikowske chartered an agency-wide working group to evaluate the feasibility of incorporating body worn camera technology into CBP’s law enforcement operations following a 2013 comprehensive review of CBP’s Use of Force policy.
Body worn cameras are viewed as a potential tool that may help CBP continue its progress toward greater transparency and accountability. CBP recently completed the first phase of the feasibility study, conducted from October through December 2014.
During Phase I CBP evaluated the body worn cameras in training environments at the agency’s training academies.
Phase II of the feasibility study incorporates operational evaluation of body worn camera technology in the land, air and maritime environments in which CBP agents and officers work.
Locations will include El Paso, Texas; Seattle; Blaine, Washington; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Detroit.
Discussions with unions representing the CBP labor force are ongoing to ensure that issues and concerns are addressed and evaluated.
Phase II evaluation of body worn cameras is scheduled to be completed in mid-2015.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.