Summary of Policy Language Recommendations

OPO’s policy language recommendations include revisions to almost all provisions of APD’s current policies on body-worn and dashboard cameras. This report provides clean copies of OPO’s proposed revisions to the policy language, information about the source of the proposed language, APD’s current policies, and redlined versions of all proposed policy changes.

The following are condensed descriptions of some of the key issues addressed by these recommendations. Read the full descriptions hereopen_in_new.

  1. Compliance with the amendments to Section 1701.655 of the Texas Occupations Codeopen_in_new under Texas House Bill 929 (the Botham Jean Act)open_in_new

  2. Compliance with Section 1701.657(c) of the Texas Occupations Codeopen_in_new

  3. More definitions, including terms like “active participation,” “investigation,” and “law enforcement purposes,” which are used (but left undefined) under Texas law. OPO also defined other pertinent terms like “activate,” “deactivate,” and “docking.”

  4. Clearer requirements related to the following;
  • Documentation of recordings;
  • Notice of recording;
  • Activation/deactivation of video recording;
  • Activation/deactivation of audio recording;
  • Equipment testing by employees; and
  • Inspections by supervisors

5. Investigation requirements

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Complaint and thank-you hotline: (512) 972-2676
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