You may use the following sample letter as a basis for writing your own letter to state representatives and senators.
Dear Mr./Ms. [Insert Full Name],
I am writing to ask that you raise before our State Congress the importance of instituting body mounted cameras for all active duty law enforcement within [Insert State].
Benefits of Body Cameras for Police Officers:
– Provides greater transparency and a constant third party witness
– Influences police and civilians to behave lawfully and truthfully
– Lessens the chance of deadly force being used by police officers
– Increases civilians’s trust of his/her police force due to recorded actions
Police departments are using and testing body mounted cameras and they are reportedly reducing police misconduct. When the Rialto Police Department in California adopted cameras for one year, the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88 percent and the use of force by officers fell by almost 60 percent. Please review the following links below for supportive research and news that attest to these findings.
Professor Michael White and Department of Justice’s Police Body Camera Research:
Study Shows Less Violence, Fewer Complaints When Cops Wear Body Cameras via Huffington Post:
I look forward to hearing from you soon on this important matter.
Thank you for your time,
[Insert Your Name]