Following the lead of other law enforcement agencies, officers of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are beginning to wear body cameras in select cities, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced on December 21.
“With its body worn camera pilot, ICE is making an important statement that transparency and accountability are essential components of our ability to fulfill our law enforcement mission and keep communities safe,” Secretary Mayorkas said. “The Department will continue to seek ways to ensure the safety and security of our workforce, our state and local partners, and the public, while at the same time building confidence with the communities we serve…
“The use of body worn cameras will enhance ICE operations, including at-large arrests and searches incident to arrest; execution of search warrants; and questioning of individuals encountered in the field. Body worn cameras are expected to increase the transparency of ICE in communities, as footage may be used in assessments of police conduct, including in instances where force was used. Additionally, footage can be used for non-investigative purposes, including for training and assessing officer performance.”
Body cameras have proven to be a helpful safeguard in police operations, a new form of evidence gathering.