Body Cameras Case Study

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Correctional officers spend a great amount of time with inmates behind prison walls, and work in close proximity with them as well. Correctional officers work in shifts and sometimes they pull a double to make some overtime money. Long hours spent in jail or prison facilities will create opportunities for some officers to make advances towards an inmate. Pollock (2014) states, “This familiarity with inmates sometimes tempts officers to engage in unethical behaviors such as sexual relationships (p. 194). It is up to correctional administrators to set the tone and exemplify good leadership and management skills that can instill good working ethics in the minds of young correction officers. Clear et al. (2013) believed in an innovative screening…show more content…
Body cameras are now widely used by police departments in the United States for safety measures. It would not be a bad idea if The Department of Correction would make it mandatory for all correctional officers to wear body cameras during their shift. Each state here in the U.S. is responsible for maintaining a prison budget, especially when the state is facing severe budget cuts due to economic struggles and drops in tax revenues (Clear et al, 2013). With that being said, proposing body cameras for correctional officers will require a lot of my money, and it will be a challenge to come of up with the funds. The Houston Police Department has requested for body cameras for over three year now and the city understands how critical it is for officers, especially after seeing numerous police use of force and shootings all across the U.S. Houston Police officers are unequipped when it comes to devices that could prevent criminal and civil litigations. HPD Chief Charles McClelland requested City Hall for $8 million to equip 3,500 police officers with small body cameras to record encounters between law enforcement and citizens as a way of improving accountability and transparency; furthermore, to reduce use of force incidents and citizen complaints (Kuffner, 2014). The request made by the Chief has been pending for over three years due to lack of funding. The estimate cost for the device per officer is approximately $2,500. Body cameras will also prevent officers from having fraudulent complaints filed against them. Houston Mayor Anise Parker’s administration stated they are having trouble finding the money to pay for the Chief’s request (Kuffner,

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