A recent article revealed that some police departments in the United States are dropping their body camera programs because of high costs. Some companies take advantage of police agencies by holding their data hostage, charging overage fees, and presenting departments with expensive unpredictable invoices. This makes the entire industry look bad. It also proves that not every department is aware of all the options they have when it comes to body camera solutions, otherwise, they would know that WOLFCOM offers solutions at half the cost of other American companies, such as Axon or WatchGuard.
According to the article, the cost of the actual body cameras aren’t the issue — storing and managing digital assets are the cause for the steep price, especially for small departments. That’s because most American companies push cloud instead of on-premise storage, as cloud is more profitable and easier to set up as there is no hardware involved. WOLFCOM, on the other hand, offers complete on-premise solution packages for small departments with discounts of up to $3000, saving these departments precious resources that can be used in other areas. The article also doesn’t take into consideration the amount of money departments save by having body camera programs. The vast majority of departments that have launched these programs have noticed a considerable drop in complaints and false accusations, saving them time and thousands of dollars.
We shouldn’t let every American company in the police body camera market take a hit because of a couple of bad apples. The American market is the biggest and most advanced in the world and the efficacy of these devices have been proven to be true over and over again. Letting this industry die out because some companies overcharge their customers is simply irresponsible. Body cameras are here to stay, and it’s only a matter of time until these companies realize how they are hurting the entire industry, including themselves.