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Law Enforcement Technology

The use of technology in law enforcement is growing. Through body worn camera, MDT systems in patrol cars, the use of radios, and even social media usage, officers use a variety of technology everyday. These courses will provide technology updates and industry standard practices for using technology in the field.

Course Name Course Description Length
Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement This two-hour Body Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement online course provides an introduction to BWCs and highlights issues and factors that law enforcement organizations should consider prior to and during implementation. 2h
Body Worn Cameras – TCOLE 8158 (Texas Only) – NEW! This course is designed for Peace Officers preparing to wear body worn cameras and any other personnel who will come into contact with video and audio data obtained from the use of body worn cameras (i.e., Jailers, Telecommunicators, Clerks, Records Retention personnel). This class covers policies and guidelines for use of body worn cameras, recordings as evidence, obtaining recordings, and operations of body worn cameras. This course is required before a law enforcement agency can implement a body worn camera program. 2h
Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program This two hour Implementing Body-Worn Camera Program online course is intended to serve as a guide to the thoughtful, careful considerations that police departments should undertake if they wish to adopt body-worn cameras. 2h
Internet/Technology in Law Enforcement 1 Internet/ Technology in Law Enforcement covers Embracing Social Networking, Reality Training: Flash Mobs, Facial Recognition, Fake officer profiles on Facebook, Officer Roadkill on the Information Highway, Precautions when Using Social Media, Social Networking Precautions, and The Rise of Cyber Crime 1h
Drone Use for First Responders Drones or small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) can be valuable assets to law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, and local governments. These devices can assist in aiding search and rescue teams, locating suspects who have fled, and identifying access points during wildfires or large crowds. To effectively operate a drone, you must have a foundational understanding of National Airspace and the different types of classifications. This course, presented in collaboration with the Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, and written by Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) Instructor James D. Daniels will explore how public safety can use UAS effectively. 2h
Privacy Protocols for Officers and the Internet Doug Wyllie interviews Lauri Stevens regarding officer safety issues related to social networking and the internet. Lauri emphasizes some of the important privacy settings to put in place for officers who use Facebook, as well as camera settings for your cell phone. 5m
Public Recording of Police Activities Recording the actions and activities of police officers in the performance of their public duties is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, through which individuals may gather and disseminate information of public concern. This right is extended to video and audio recording of any police activity performed in public or where an individual otherwise has a legal right to be present. In effect, the public has the same rights to record police activities as the press. In this course, you will examine civilian’s; interest in recording police activities as well as the laws and limitations surrounding the public’s constitutionally held rights. 1h
Social Media and Law Enforcement This one-hour course will look over the ways social media can be used in law enforcement. 1h
The Right to Photograph and Record in Public In this video Mickey Osterreicher, General Counsel for the NPPA, explains the positives of officers learning about the rights of people to photograph and record in public. 15m
The Right to Record the Police In this video, Mickey Osterreicher walks the viewer through several court cases regarding the right to record a police officer. The 4th Amendment is the main topic at hand with regard to confiscating and/or deleting videos of officers. Different circuits may have different laws against the recording of officers, but many are trending away from officers having immunity. 15m
Using Social Media for Investigations Social media has become the primary communication tool for most people across the globe. Nearly 2.8 billion people use social media with the number growing regularly. With more and more crime happening online only to be recorded by users and then uploaded to social media, law enforcement has to determine the best approach for using digital evidence in criminal and civil investigations. This course will explore the types of criminal uses of social media and the prevailing methods for collecting evidence. 2h