Police in-car cameras have been around for a while, but only recently companies started integrating them with body-worn cameras and evidence management software. This integration creates a thorough, easy-to-use system, known as a Total Solution. These solutions allow users to wirelessly connect video recording devices in order to save officers precious time while making sure they don’t forget to turn their cameras on when under stressful situations.
Our In-car camera systems completely integrate with our body cameras and Evidence Management Software to become a complete end-to-end video solution for your agency.
Our In-car systems do offer wireless offloads via Wi-Fi but our experience and feedback from customers of our competitors show that Wi-Fi offload is not reliable. This is why we recommend manual offloading, which means the officer has to bring the encrypted memory card in from the patrol car and dock it into the Evidence Management System. Since the officer will be docking his body camera to the Evidence Management System anyways, this will be a simple, faster, and more reliable process.
The challenge with Wi-Fi is that you’ll need to set up a very strong Wi-Fi extender at the parking lot where the patrol cars are parked. Depending on how far away your patrol cars are parked, signal strength will vary and a weak signal will result in extremely long upload times.
If you intend to use your current wireless network connection, then be prepared for slow data transfers and slow internet access throughout all the PC’s in your department as bandwidth is maxed out, especially when multiple patrol cars are uploading videos at the same time. If you’re offloading to the cloud, expect internet access throughout your entire department to be frustratingly slow.
For a successful wireless offloading system to work, it's better to have a dedicated wireless network solely for the In-car systems. However, this will add extra costs, especially if you're uploading to the cloud as you’ll need a separate dedicated internet line with very high bandwidth.
Manual Docking of the memory cards taken from the In-car systems is the most reliable and fastest way to offload video.
Since your officers will be coming in to dock their body cameras anyways, they might as well dock the memory cards, too.
Just like our body cameras, the memory cards of our In-car camera systems are encrypted and can not be accessed or deleted, giving you the confidence that your chain of custody stays intact.
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.
Law enforcement agencies all around the world have been benefiting from the use of body cameras for years, helping cities save thousands of dollars on litigations and settling cases out of court. Officers who wear body cameras face fewer investigations and complaints from the public, making their jobs less stressful while possibly saving their careers as false accusations are now easily disproved. Devices such as these can be extremely useful for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) as they often face similar issues to those that law enforcement officers do when it comes to dealing with citizens.
California Senate Bill 1421 went into effect on January 1st, allowing citizens to obtain any recordings of high-profile cases made by police officers, which must be delivered from 10-14 days of the date it was requested. As most law enforcement officers know, police departments must redact all faces on videos in order to release them out to the public, meaning all departments must have a quick and easy way to redact videos in order to comply with the new bill. The new WOLFCOM Video Redaction Software is the perfect solution for departments looking to redact entire videos in a matter of seconds. Our software is able to automatically identify and redact all faces with a few clicks, making sure officers don’t have to spend their valuable time performing tasks such as this. Click here to learn more about our easy-to-use Video Redaction Software and all the ways it can help your department save precious time and money.
Police body cameras have been around for a few years now and, since then, it’s helped an incredible number of officers get justice. A recent study shows that body cameras are, indeed, extremely effective when it comes to judgment of intent. In other words: people who watch body camera footage are less likely to blame the wearer. But the reason for that isn’t as obvious as people think.
“We’re happy the Dickson Police Department chose our WOLFCOM VISION police body cameras for their patrol officers. Police officers need body cameras now more than ever. They need a 3rd eye to see and remember what they forgot and to be the truth behind false accusations when they need it the most”, said WOLFCOM founder Peter Austin Onruang.
Lt. Todd Christian helped his department research police body cameras and make the decision to choose the WOLFCOM VISION.
The body camera culture has been growing stronger with each passing day within the law enforcement community in the United States. Although this is great news for citizens and officers, not every police department can afford high-quality body camera solutions. Most of the hardware and software offered by the leading American companies in this industry seem to be out of reach for an alarming number of departments, and this is where WOLFCOM comes in. We understand the importance of offering high-quality solutions at an affordable price to small departments that can’t afford to spend an unnecessary amount of money on these tools.
Much has been said about the use of police body cameras only benefiting cops but, earlier this week, those claims were, once again, proved wrong. Officer Richard Pinheiro Jr., a Baltimore P. D. officer, was caught red-handed by his own body camera after he fabricated evidence on a drug arrest. It all started when Pinheiro was called in for a drug-related arrest and started searching around for the dealer’s stash. The officer, supposedly, found a bag with drugs inside of a can in an empty lot, but he forgot he was being recorded by his own body camera and that it would tell the complete, undoctored story. Continue reading “Baltimore police officer caught planting drugs by his own body camera”
The use of police body cameras is widely accepted and encouraged by most of the population in the United States, but a recent event might just hurt that acceptance rate. Users of the Vievu LE-5 body camera seem to be at risk after one unit simply burst into flames in New York City. All Staten Island officers assigned to body cameras of the same model were told to turn in their devices, as the department fears for the safety of their members. That means 2,990 officers aren’t wearing body-worn cameras anymore, which only delays NYPD’s plans of equipping all 23,000 officers with such devices. Continue reading “Vievu LE-5 body camera explodes and NYPD has to retrieve almost 3,000 units from use”