Interior Dept. to Require BWCs
The U.S. Interior Department on Monday, October 3, 2022, launched a set of new policies that would require thousands of law enforcement officers to wear body cameras, ensures the release of footage in some critical incidents and restricts the use of so-called no-knock warrants. The policies apply to the thousands of law enforcement officers who work for the Interior Department, in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. The agency has about 3,100 permanent law enforcement officers.
I was the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on-scene Incident Commander during the Cliven Bundy/BLM standoff on April 12, 2014 near Mesquite NV. BWCs had not yet been fully deployed within LVMPD and, obviously, not with BLM officers. BWC video, from both LVMPD and BLM, would have invaluable in clearly portraying events to the public. Pleased to see progress being made by the Department of Interior.