In the wake of highly publicized officer-involved incidents and continued scrutiny by the media and citizens, body-worn cameras are gaining popularity in police departments nationwide. The implementation of these small cameras—often clipped to an officer’s uniform or sunglasses—is causing a nationwide debate.

The benefits are clear. Studies show there is a direct correlation between the use of body-worn cameras and declines in use of force incidents and complaints filed against officers, as well as a reduction in lawsuits. However, with any game-changing procedure, there are challenges involved. The addition of body-worn cameras brings added costs, increased training, new policies and unforeseen problems that trial and error will expose. These challenges cause hesitation and concern among the majority of law enforcement leadership.

The question is, do the benefits outweigh the challenges? PoliceOne recently polled approximately 1500 individuals in the law enforcement community to find out what their thoughts are when it comes to the use of body-worn cameras. The results showed that nearly 80 percent of those surveyed either are already wearing a camera, are testing them currently or are looking into them.

It’s apparent that body-worn cameras are the future of law enforcement and agencies are deciding to take the plunge. One of the top distributors of body cameras, Taser International, reported that there are 1,200 law enforcement agencies scattered throughout the country that have deployed its technology—and that’s just Taser brand cameras.

Is your agency considering implementing body-worn cameras? Here’s an infographic with helpful information to assist you and guide your new policy development.

Wearing a Badge and a Camera [infographic]