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Date: Feb 7, 2020

The Baltimore County Police Department today issued its first policy governing the public release of footage from body-worn cameras. The policy, which aims to clarify the circumstances under which footage will be released and the procedures for release, reinforces the department’s commitment to the improvement of policing strategies and accountability.

Chief Melissa Hyatt said, “This policy is an important step in continuing to build and maintain trust between law enforcement and the community. The policy will preserve the integrity of investigations while respecting the privacy of individuals.”

Under the policy, the Chief of Police can make a decision to release footage from critical incidents and positive interactions with officers and the community within 30 days of the incident, even if there has not been a request for footage (critical incidents are high-profile encounters, along with use-of-force incidents that are defined at length within the policy; click on the link below for more information). The Chief will consult with the State’s Attorney prior to releasing critical incident footage. The policy includes a process by which the State’s Attorney can request an extension of the release in order to preserve a defendant’s right to a fair trial.

View the BCoPD's full BWC Video Release Policy online.

Find more information on the BWC program online.

Photo of Sergeant Bruce Prothero, killed in the line-of-duty in 2000.Today, Baltimore County police officers are wearing mourning bands on their badges in honor of a fallen hero.

On February 7, 2000, Sergeant Bruce Prothero was shot and killed while working a second job as a security guard at a jewelry store in Pikesville.

Sergeant Prothero was shot in the parking lot when he pursued the four armed suspects that stole jewelry inside the store. The suspects then fled the scene in a getaway car. Two suspects were arrested several days later. The other two suspects were arrested approximately two weeks later in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All four suspects were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

Sergeant Prothero had been employed with the Baltimore County Police Department for 13 years. He was married and the father of five young children.

Revised June 27, 2017