Study finds confusion in Albuquerque police lapel cam policy

Police officer lapel camera

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – University of New Mexico researchers say the Albuquerque Police Department’s lapel camera policy is confusing and hard to enforce.

The study released Wednesday, suggests the department limit requirements for lapel cameras in order to create clear rules about exactly when officers need to be recording.

The researchers recommended the department get rid of the current policy calling for all citizen encounters to be recorded. They also suggest the department make a policy on what happens when video is missing and how video is released for court and media purposes.

Lapel cameras have come under fire since the department adopted them as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice in 2012. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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