Police Body Camera Usage on the Rise
10/25/11 - All around the United States and the world, more and more police departments are getting body cameras for their police officers. From Charlottesville, NC where experts hope they will provide valuable evidence to protect officers in the event of misconduct allegations, to Oakland, CA where a body camera captured a fatal police shooting in September, body cams for police are becoming more and more prevalent in the law enforcement community.
Police department and officers support the use of body cameras for a variety of reasons. Some departments are worried about allegations of misconduct and litigation. Others see the cameras as a way to capture arrests, incidents and traffic stops. Lt. Matt Murray, a Denver police officer, says body cameras are “essentially portable camera systems that record officer interaction with civilians."
Citizens groups and watchdog organizations, such as the ACLU, are also in favor of police body cameras, which increase could accountability and improve community relations.
Wolfcom Enterprises, a company that makes the Wolfcom 3rd Eye Police Body Camera, predicts a lot of growth and demand for more body cameras and dashboard car cams by a number of agencies and the military. “We have really only just begun to see the technological potential for police body cams. Law enforcement agencies are really just starting to realize the full range features a body-warn camera can have. Video is just the beginning,” says Peter Onruang, President of Wolfcom Enterprises. “Our new Wolfcom 3rd Eye is the most advanced one yet. It has full HD 1080p recording, GPS geo tracking, ABS casing, night vision, time/date stamp, password protect and a TFT LCD screen. And these features are in high demand. Many police departments that want body cams want the Wolfcom 3rd Eye and we expect there will be many more.”
It is estimated more that 1,000 police department across the United States already have outfitted their officers with cameras. And with more than 58,000 police departments across the U.S., that’s going to be a lot of cameras.
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