Chicago Police DepartmentDepartment Notice D19-05
Body-Worn Camera Pilot Program - Axon View
Issue Date:02 October 2019Effective Date:02 October 2019
Index Category:Department Notice
This directive introduces the Axon View Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Program.
II.General Information
  • A.Axon View is an application that allows members to:
    • 1.access video files temporarily stored on a BWC when paired with an authorized Department-issued cell phone.
    • 2.directly enter event numbers and category types associated with each video file before they are uploaded to
  • B.Axon View does not:
    • video files on a Department-issued cell phone.
    • 2.delete or alter original videos stored on a BWC.
This pilot program utilizes the following:
  • A.A body-worn camera system consisting of a camera and controller/battery pack in one;
  •—a web-based storage and retrieval system; and
  • C.The Axon View application accessed with an authorized Department-issued cell phone.
  • A.This pilot program will be operational in the 19th District on the effective date of this directive.
  • B.Further expansions of the Axon View BWC pilot program will be announced via AMC message.
Members assigned a BWC will follow policy and procedures consistent with "Body Worn Cameras."
The Deputy Chief, Education and Training Division, will ensure pilot program members receive appropriate training for BWCs paired with the Axon View application.
  • A.Members participating in this pilot program will:
    • "pairing mode" on the BWC;
      The pairing process is IP-address specific, and BWCs can only be paired with authorized Department-issued cell phones.
    • 2.on the Department-issued cell phone, access the Axon View application, select their BWC by serial number, and log in by using their user names and passwords;
    • 3.on the Axon View application, click on "View Live" to ensure proper operation and proper camera angle;
    • 4.enter the ten-digit event number and category associated with each video file prior to the end of the tour of duty; and
    • the end of the tour of duty:
      • a.if appropriate, un-pair Axon View from the BWC, and
      • b.ensure the BWC is returned to the docking station.
  • B.Officer-Involved Shootings or Deaths
    • 1.Members involved in officer-involved shootings or deaths will NOT view their BWC videos until authorized by the Street Deputy in consultation with the Investigative Response Team investigator.
      Once the scene is secured, the highest-ranking member on the scene will direct a supervisor to take control of all relevant BWCs and ensure the BWCs are turned off.
    • 2. Once authorized, each member:
      • a.may review his or her video prior to completing required reports or being interviewed by the Investigative Response Team investigator.
      • b.will NOT view the video in the presence of other involved members.
  • A.The Axon View BWC Pilot Program Evaluation Committee will be composed of the following members or their designees:
    • 1.Chief, Bureau of Patrol, who will serve as chairperson;
    • 2.Chief, Bureau of Technical Services, who will serve as the vice-chairperson of the committee;
    • 3.Chief, Bureau of Organizational Development;
    • 4.Chief, Bureau of Internal Affairs;
    • 5.General Counsel, to the Superintendent;
    • 6.Deputy Chief, Education and Training Division;
    • 7.Director, Research and Development Division;
    • 8.Director, Information Services Division;
    • 9.Commander, Inspections Division;
    • 10.District commanders of the pilot districts; and
    • 11.A police officer from the pilot districts, as designated by the Chief, Bureau of Patrol.
  • B.The Axon View BWC Pilot Program Evaluation Committee will:
    • 1.throughout the course of the pilot program, meet as needed to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
    • the conclusion of the pilot program, prepare a report to the Superintendent providing the results of the evaluation.
VIII.Conflict Resolution
If this directive conflicts with "Body Worn Cameras" or any other Department directive, this directive will take precedence.
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
19-019 DK / MJC