DoJ Again Seeks Comments on Police Vehicle Camera Standards

Deadline to submit is Apr. 25.
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The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) is again seeking comments on proposed standards for new digital video cameras for police vehicles with April 25, 2011 listed as the new deadline for comments.

The DoJ’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is making two draft documents governing digital video cameras for police vehicles available to the general public. Those documents are “Vehicular Digital Multimedia Evidence Recording System Certification Program Requirements for Law Enforcement” (VDMERS) and “Law Enforcement Vehicular Digital Multimedia Evidence Recording System Selection and Application Guide” (LEVDMERS).

The original deadline for comments on the VDMERS document was Jan. 31, 2011. It is currently posted on NIJ’s website through which comments can be filed. The VDMERS standard “is to establish a minimum level of performance for systems to enhance officer safety and the effectiveness of audio/video evidence,” the document says.

The VDMERS standard establishes “minimum requirements for the design, performance, testing, documentation and labeling of vehicular digital multimedia evidence (DME) recording systems used by law enforcement officers for recording events occurring in and around the vehicle.”

However, the LEVDMERS document is still being drafted, and—despite the Federal Register notice and deadline—was not posted on NIJ’s website by press time, and the institute does not say when it will be available. Nonetheless, the institute says the document will list “requirements for independent third-party certification of VDMERSs, and it will provide guidance concerning the procurement, selection, care, maintenance, training and administrative considerations related to Law Enforcement Vehicular Digital Multimedia Evidence Recording Systems.”

The primary audience for those guidance documents includes officers, supervisors, managers, and purchasers in the law enforcement and public safety communities, NIJ says. However, the opportunity to provide comments on those documents “is open to industry technical representatives, law enforcement agencies and organizations, research, development and scientific communities, and all other stakeholders and interested parties,” the institute says.

To file comments on the draft documents, go to the NIJ’s website.

For further information contact Casandra Robinson at 202-305-2596 (this is not a toll-free telephone number), or by e- mail at