Budget bill provision allows DPS to block release of all video records
Tucked into a budget bill on criminal justice is a provision that would allow the Arizona Department of Public Safety to outright deny releasing any video records the agency possesses and to heavily edit any videos it chooses to make public.
DPS troopers could get body cams, along with restrictions to block release of their footage
Republican lawmakers are poised to give the Arizona Department of Public Safety money to equip all state troopers with body-worn cameras — but along with the money comes severe restrictions on the public’s ability to ever see what those cameras capture.
Bill would mandate redactions on body camera footage
A legislative proposal that would require any police body camera footage have nearly all faces blurred before it is released to the public would defeat the purpose of the cameras, critics say. The measure, House Bill 2152, would require that all police agencies redact faces or portions of people’s bodies if they are not the […]
Ducey begins plan to equip DPS troopers with body cameras
Gov. Doug Ducey plans to acquire 150 body cameras for the Department of Public Safety, the first step in a larger proposal to equip all state troopers with cameras.
Study: Body cameras didn’t reduce use of force for Tempe patrol officers
A study of the Tempe Police Department found that body-worn cameras did not decrease the use of force among regular patrol officers, but did have an effect among the agency’s specialized units.
Fort Huachuca Police body cam footage easily accessible after an eBay purchase
A security researcher was able to access files on a Axon body-worn camera he purchased from eBay that had video files of Fort Huachuca Military Police officers conducting investigations and filling out paperwork.
Ducey touts investments in K-12, rural AZ in State of the State speech
Gov. Doug Ducey promised investments in schools, rural counties and tax cuts for veterans in his sixth State of the State speech Monday, but he shied away from criminal justice reform and sex ed changes – two issues that will be hotly contested issues at the Capitol as the legislature kicks off its 2020 session.