Body Worn Cameras

Trust Through Transparency 

Body Worn Camera
In a continued effort to maintain trust through transparency, the Burlington Police Department is equipping all sworn officers with body worn cameras. 

“The Burlington Police Department strives to ensure honest and trusting relationships with the public.  By implementing the use of Body Worn Camera technology we are reinforcing our practice of building “Trust through Transparency” and simultaneously increasing safety and accountability for all. Body Worn Cameras improve officer performance and the conduct of those who are recorded.”          -Chief J. Jeffrey Smythe

After thorough testing of available models of body worn cameras, the BPD has selected the Panasonic Arbitrator camera. The camera will be worn on the chest and is also capable of connecting a second camera mounted on the collar of the officer’s uniform shirt. These cameras will continually record footage while officers are on duty. 

What does this mean for the public?
In most cases, if you have an interaction with a Burlington police officer, it will be recorded. The body worn camera will promote transparency and legitimacy of police encounters. We will use our body worn cameras to demonstrate to the community that our police officers act in a fair and just manner. Cameras will be used as a tool to collect digital evidence to be used in the successful prosecution of cases. Cameras will also be used to review complaints filed by citizens against officers.

If you have questions about the Burlington Police Department's body worn camera program, please contact Captain Chad Slaughter at (336) 229-3551.

Even more information about Burlington's Body Worn Cameras can be found in this Times-News article.