ICE investigative unit tests body cameras in multiple states

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday announced a pilot body camera program for its investigative units specializing in transnational crime.

The cameras will initially be assigned to special response teams and tactical teams within ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the agency’s wing that investigates transnational criminal and terrorist organizations and their movements. across international borders.

According to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the body camera pilot program will not immediately include the application and removal operations of ICE (ERO), the agency’s side that conducts raids. application and prosecute undocumented immigrants for deportation.

“ICE looks forward to expanding the body worn camera pilot to ERO in the near future. The timing of the ERO pilot depends on the conclusion of negotiations with the ERO union,” the statement said.

The Hill has contacted the ICE National Council – the ERO union affiliated with the AFL-CIO – for comment.

Still, the pilot program is the first concrete step towards implementing body camera use at ICE, a demand that has gained momentum among Democrats under the Trump administration.

“With its body worn camera pilot, ICE is making an important statement that transparency and accountability are essential to our ability to fulfill our law enforcement mission and keep communities safe,” said declared the secretary of DHS. Alejandro mayorkasAlejandro MayorkasMeet Democrats’ Last Best Hope To Preserve House Majority Biden Examines Kentucky Tornado Damage: “I Plan To Do Whatever It Takes” Hillicon Valley – Apache Vulnerability Triggers alarm PLUS in a report.

The first HSI offices to test the new body cameras will be Houston, New York and Newark, NJ, home to three of the busiest international airports and two of the busiest seaports in the United States.

“The Body-Worn Camera Pilot is an effort to increase transparency between ICE and the communities we serve, improve agent safety and uphold our commitment to accountability,” said Acting Director of ICE, Tae Johnson. “The safety of ICE staff and the public is the primary consideration when implementing these new technologies and tools. “

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