Justice Department To Change Body Camera Policy

Justice Department To Change Body Camera Policy

In a shift from the agency’s traditional policy, the Justice Department will now make its federal agents wear body cameras in certain circumstances, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said Monday. 

Monaco sent a memo to leaders of law enforcement acknowledging that “[a]lthough the Department’s law enforcement components do not regularly conduct patrols or routinely engage with the public in response to emergency calls, there are circumstances where the Department’s agents encounter the public during pre-planned law enforcement operations,” adding that the Justice Department “is committed to the use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) by the Department’ s law enforcement agents in such circumstances.”

Monaco wrote: 

Today, based on recommendations from the Department’s law enforcement components, I am directing the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; the Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Director of the Federal Bureau of lnvestigation, and the Director of the United States Marshals Service to develop and submit for review, within 30

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