Access to Police Body-Worn Camera Video

This map shows the current status of state legislation and police department policies regarding public access to police body-worn cameras (“bodycams” or “BWCs”) around the United States under public records laws. See more notes below.

 

State legislation and case law

The color of the state indicates the status of legislation regarding access to BWC videos. By clicking the state you can find more information and see a link to the bill(s) and/or case(s).

 

Blue = Legislation regarding public accessibility to body-worn camera footage has been proposed, but not passed.

 

Yellow = A law has been passed regarding public access to body-worn camera footage.

 

Brown = No laws regarding public access to body-worn camera footage have been passed. However, some states have introduced or passed bills regarding the implementation of BWCs that do not directly address the question of whom should have public access.

 

Green = A court case has decided the rules regarding public access to body-worn camera footage. Click the state to read more about the decision.

Department policies

Police department policies can be found by clicking on the black camera icons. The wording of each department’s policy regarding public access is shown in the description section. Please note — some police departments that have deployed body cameras may not have a written policy.

Because only a few states have passed state-wide rules regarding public access to BWC footage, most police departments are left to determine their own rules. As more states pass regulations, individual policies may change to comply with the state’s uniform policies.

Updates

The Reporters Committee will update this map as new information becomes available. If you have information that you would like to contribute to this map, please let us know, or send email directly to hotline [at] rcfp.org with “Bodycam update” in the subject line.


List of cities included on the map:

Alabama: Birmingham

Arizona: FlagstaffLake Havasu CityOro ValleyPhoenixSurpriseTucson

ArkansasLittle RockPine Bluff

CaliforniaAnaheim, ChicoFresnoHayward, Los Angeles, MercedModestoNew Menlo ParkOaklandPalo AltoRialtoSan DiegoSan Francisco, San JoseSanta RosaSonoma

ColoradoDenverFort Collins

ConnecticutEast Haven

DelawareDover

District of Columbia

FloridaMariannaOrlandoSarasotaTampa

GeorgiaAtlantaValdosta

Idaho:  Coeur D’Alene

IllinoisChicago

IndianaGreenwood

IowaDes Moines, Iowa City

KansasWichita

KentuckyFlorenceLouisvilleOwensboro

LouisianaNew Orleans

Maryland: Baltimore

MassachusettsBoston

MinnesotaBurnsvilleDuluthMinneapolisSpring Lake ParkSt. Paul

MissouriFergusonSt. Charles

MontanaMissoula

NevadaLas Vegas

New Mexico: El Paso, Albuquerque

New YorkIthaca, New York CityNiagara FallsTompkins

North CarolinaCarrboroCharlotteDavidsonGreensboro

North DakotaGrand Forks

OhioCincinnatiClevelandColumbusOhio State University

Oklahoma: Oklahoma CityTulsa

OregonEugeneMedfordPortlandTigard

Rhode Island

South CarolinaCharlestonMyrtle Beach

TennesseeAlcoaNashvilleUniversity of Tennessee

TexasAransas PassAustinDallasDeSotoFort WorthHoustonRockportTylerWaxahachie

UtahSalt Lake CityWest Valley City

VermontBurlington

VirginiaGordonsville

WashingtonAirway HeightsBainbridge IslandBellinghamLiberty LakePoulsboPullmanSeattleSpokane

WisconsinEau ClaireLa CrosseMilwaukee, Whitewater

WyomingMills


Funding for this project comes from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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