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Report that U.S. Border Patrol testing the use of body cameras at nine of its locations

  1. Original Date Announced

    May 1, 2018

    Press reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection begins testing the use of body cameras by its employees at nine locations, potentially leading to a broad rollout by the nation's largest law enforcement agency that would make it the first federal agency to use the devices on a large scale. [ID #322]

    US News- US Border Agency Tests Body-Cam Use by Agents in 9 Locations
  3. Biden Administration Action: Approved/Retained

    August 4, 2021

    CBP Agents and Officers Begin Use of Body-Worn Cameras

    This Biden administration policy continues the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On August 4, 2021, CBP issued a media release announcing that it had begun outfitting some agents and officers with body cameras. This targeted deployment of body cameras is reportedly "a first step toward broader implementation." CBP plans to deploy around 6,000 cameras by the end of 2021.

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Current Status

Fully in Effect
August 4, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Reported
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Border
Agencies Affected: CBP

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • August 1, 2015

    Customs and Border Protection previously concluded in 2015 after a yearlong study that body cameras were not yet suitable for widespread use due to cost, technological challenges, and the need for labor union approval. However, it said the cameras had potential in limited circumstances.

    Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Study

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