Frequently Asked Questions
Why does NPD want to implement a body-worn camera program?
The Naperville Police Department believes the use of body-worn cameras will:
- Strengthen community trust and relationship
- Improve transparency with the public
- Promote officer safety while safeguarding the rights and privacy of community members
- Improve the quality of investigations and criminal prosecution through evidence the body-worn cameras record
- Improve training by using video review to discuss police incidents with our personnel
When will officers be recording with their body-worn cameras?
According to Illinois law, the camera must be turned on at all times when an on-duty, uniformed officer is responding to a call for service or engaged in law enforcement activities. Certain exceptions do apply.
Does an officer have to stop recording if I ask him/her to?
According to Illinois law, only a victim, witness or someone who wishes to report a crime can request the camera be turned off. However, an officer may continue to record if exigent circumstances exist or the officer has the reasonable suspicion that the individual may be involved in a crime.
Can officers record in a private residence?
If an officer is conducting official business and has a legal right to be somewhere, he/she can also capture video. This includes private property.
What happens to a video once it is recorded?
Videos will be stored through a secure, cloud-based service in compliance with federal Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) standards. Depending on the type of video captured, data will be saved for a minimum of 90 days unless it is flagged as being part of a criminal, civil or administrative investigation.
Who can obtain a copy of the body-worn camera video?
The release of recordings to any person will be made in accordance with applicable law, including but not limited to the Law Enforcement Officer-Worn Body Camera Act and the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.