Wearable cameras allow for filming of interaction between officers and members of the University community. The cameras are smaller than many cell phones, but they provide excellent audio and video evidence.
All Security Officers and Police Officers are issued Vie-Vu Cameras as part of their standard issued equipment.
Research has indicated that body-worn camera systems increase transparency, can expedite resolution of complaints, and provide opportunities for police training.
When are the cameras activated?
Cameras can be activated
There are no laws in North Carolina that prohibit the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement agencies.
The recordings are considered a part of the case file. The recordings are maintained on a server for a minimum of 90 days. At the end of the 90-day period, the recordings can be deleted from the server system. Recordings for cases involving criminal charges, an internal affairs investigation or a complaint normally will be held until the issues are resolved.
No. Under North Carolina law, the recordings are considered to be campus police agency records and not “public records.”
The recordings are used primarily for:
Permission to view recordings must be given by the Chief of Police or a designee.
No, but the recording may be viewed upon request to and approval by the Chief of Police or a designee.
No, but an Officer may tell you that the encounter is being recorded as it may serve to deescalate a situation, reduce anxiety present in a situation or positively influence the attitudes of those people involved.