Police On-Body Cameras, Audit No. 1808

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The audit of Police On-Body Cameras was conducted to evaluate recordkeeping, policies and compliance with policies for use of On-Body Cameras (OBC). The Scottsdale Police Department began using On-Body Cameras in FY 2012/13 with a test program of 10 cameras. The program has grown to include OBC on all patrol officers and certain other sworn staff. Original OBC videos are stored on Evidence.com, the camera manufacturer’s secure website, with about 72 terabytes of data being currently stored. 

The audit found that technology access controls can be improved. Specifically, some former employees, including one with full administrative rights, still have access to Evidence.com; some former SPD staff and consultants still have access to network folders where OBC videos are stored; and the department has not reviewed the vendor’s Service Organization Controls (SOC) report to evaluate potential risks.

SPD has established General Orders to govern its officers’ use of OBCs. However, policy enforcement can be improved. Auditors found that stored videos are not consistently tagged and categorized, documentation was not always retained for manually deleted videos and available documentation was not stored in a shared file location. As well, supervisors do not have access to reports that would allow them to more efficiently review their officers’ OBC use, and program managers have not reviewed whether all supervisors are logging in at least monthly to perform compliance reviews. 

Additionally, several professional law enforcement organizations have issued model OBC policies, and SPD can use these to enhance its own policies.










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