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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.

The next edition of On the Beat, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through September. This edition covers the following segments.

  • School Safety – Sergeant Anissa Watkins, of the Safe Schools Section, discusses the successful partnership between the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Public Schools. Sergeant Watkins speaks about the enhanced safety that the School Resource Officer (SRO) program brings to students and staff in Baltimore County Public Schools, and provides school safety tips.
  • Swearing-In Ceremony of Police Chief Melissa R. Hyatt – On June 17, 2019, Melissa R. Hyatt took the oath of office to become the 14th Baltimore County Chief of Police.
  • Precinct 9 White Marsh – Captain Joseph Conger discusses how the officers assigned to the White Marsh Precinct keep our citizens safe in the eastern portion of Baltimore County.

These segments are available online, if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

On the Beat also airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017