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By Sylvia Longmire
Contributor, In Homeland Security

While negative sentiment aimed towards municipal police officers has been gaining momentum in roughly the last two years, there is one agency—much larger than any US city’s police department—that has borne the brunt of disproportionate criticism for its enforcement actions for decades: the US Border Patrol. Many police departments have opted to require officers to wear body cameras as a way to increase transparency and accountability, and also as a way to protect officers from false allegations of abuse.

By Dr. Christopher McFarlin
Criminal justice faculty, American Military University

In an effort to capture evidence about specific incidents involving police officers, more and more agencies across the country are considering the implementation and feasibility of department-issued body cameras. However, law enforcement officers—as well as the general public—have voiced concerns about the utilization of body-worn cameras.