A Template Letter to ask Police to use Bodycams at all times. Send it wide!

Dear Police Department,
I am writing to let you know that I strongly support the use of bodycam and dashcam footage for all law enforcement officers. This is for your benefit and the benefit of the community. Impartial bodycam footage can indemnify you and protect you as much as it can prove allegations against racist cops.

Please let your officers know they should be using bodycams at all times, and ensure they are provided with the resources, training, and workplace policies/culture to be able to do this.

I am also concerned about police violence and I would like it to be known that I do not support or endorse the use of unnecessary force against protesters. Violence does not de-escalate violent situations. It is being disproportionately used against persons of color and this is not acceptable. The police should be protecting people and keeping the peace, not attacking peaceful demonstrators.

Police officers should be using “sideways management” within the force to stop their colleagues from being racist, to challenge racist assumptions, and to report upward through the chain of command any incidents of racism either perpetrated against police officers of color or against the wider black/minority community.

Black lives matter.

Yours sincerely,
A concerned citizen.

Author: MsAdventure

I am a thirtysomething lifestyle blogger in Northern Ireland. As a writer, I have written articles that are published in Offbeat Bride and on Buzzfeed, and as a photographer, I have taken photographs that are published in local and national news outlets in the UK. I have a blog at www.delightandinspire.com

One thought on “A Template Letter to ask Police to use Bodycams at all times. Send it wide!”

  1. I altered this same template as follows and sent it to SFPD, as I have stayed in SF and interacted with their police department. I am going to write a more strongly-worded version to send to Minneapolis.

    Hi there,
    I came to San Francisco two years ago from England and I will be eternally grateful to the two officers after the Chinese New Year 2018 parade who escorted me to my hotel because I was a vulnerable and tiny white woman alone in an unfamiliar city, being followed and harassed by a man who wouldn’t take no for an answer. San Francisco will always have a special place in my heart and especially those two officers; I wish I knew their names to thank them personally.

    I am writing to let you know that I strongly support the use of bodycam and dashcam footage for all law enforcement officers. This is for your benefit and the benefit of the community. Impartial bodycam footage can indemnify you and protect you as much as it can prove allegations against racist cops.

    Please let your officers know they should be using bodycams at all times, and ensure they are provided with the resources, training, and workplace policies/culture to be able to do this.

    I am also concerned about police violence and I would like it to be known that I do not support or endorse the use of unnecessary force against protesters. Violence does not de-escalate violent situations. It is being disproportionately used against persons of color and this is not acceptable.

    I am sure in a diverse and famously accepting city like San Francisco everything is being done by the book, but I felt moved to get in touch anyway. The SFPD have my gratitude and support during what must be a very difficult time.

    Yours,
    (my name)

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