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Pre-Statement Video Review Is A Negotiable Topic

Lodge 1 of the Fraternal Order of Police represents officers of the Pittsburgh Police Department. On January 19, 2018, the City implemented Order 69-03 “Body Worn Camera (BWC) Recording and Digital Evidence Stored System.” The order mandated the use of body worn cameras and established guidelines and procedures for utilization of body worn cameras by police officers. The order largely prohibited pre-statement review of video, providing that the viewing…

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Because Of Disciplinary Impact, Body Cameras Are Negotiable

AFSCME Local 61 represents corrections officers working for the State of Nebraska. The management rights clause of the parties’ contract grants the State “the right to introduce new or improved methods, equipment, technology, or facilities.” A major at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution gave notice that effective August 28, 2017, body-worn cameras would be used in three locations at the Institution, and also stated that other housing units would…

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‘Principle Purpose’ Of Body Cameras Not Safety

The City and County of Denver is a consolidated government, with its police services provided by the Denver Police Department. Colorado has no state law governing bargaining for police. As such, where bargaining exists for police in Colorado, it does so under local charter and code provisions. So it is with Denver, which bargains under a city charter provision. The scope of bargaining is limited to a small number…

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Chicago Required To Bargain Over Body Camera Implementation

When the Chicago Police Department expanded a pilot body-worn camera (BWC) policy, Lodge 7 of the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents the City’s police officers, filed an unfair labor practice (ULP) complaint with the Illinois Labor Relations Board. The ULP complaint alleged that the City failed to bargain over the expanded policy, and that the issue of bodycams was a mandatory topic for collective bargaining. The City responded…

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Denver Body-Cam Policy Negotiable

There is no statewide collective bargaining law for police in Colorado. As such, local jurisdictions bargaining with police unions – if they do so at all – act under local charter or ordinance provisions. Denver’s charter contains one of the longest-standing grants of bargaining rights. The charter is limited, however, as to what topic must be negotiated. It was against this backdrop that a trial court considered whether the…

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Body-Worn Cameras And Bargaining

The first cases in the country are coming in on the fundamental question of whether employers are required to bargain over the implementation of body-worn camera (BWC) systems. The first two decisions on the issue have now found significant aspects of the policies negotiable. The first case produced two separate decisions from “Permanent Umpire” Ira Jaffe in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Umpire was appointed to hear claims from Lodge…

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