New Report Urges Body Cameras for Customs and Border Protection

Communications Associate

November 6, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A policy paper released today urges Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest law enforcement agency in the country, to consider the use of body cameras for agents and officers.

Body Cameras and CBP: Promoting Security, Transparency and Accountability at our Nation’s Borders debuts in advance of an expected CBP announcement on the feasibility and implementation of body cameras.

The report examines the benefits of requiring body-worn cameras for all CBP agents and officers, as well as the privacy concerns for the public and for the agency related to implementing body cameras.

After conducting a feasibility study in early 2015, CBP has been slow to move forward with implementation of body-worn cameras. For an agency in which more than 2,000 incidents of misconduct were reported over a seven-year period, implementation of body-worn cameras across CBP would be a significant step toward repairing the agency’s image.

“Body-worn cameras have the potential to provide huge benefits for Customs and Border Protection and the public,” said Jacinta Ma, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the National Immigration Forum. “As the largest law enforcement agency in the country, CBP has an opportunity to step up.

“We recommend the agency widely adopt body cameras because they will help keep people safe — agents, officers and the public alike.”

Authors of the report are available to speak to press and will join a press call Monday on the recommendations. To arrange interviews with the authors, please contact Cathleen Farrell.