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.
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.
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”
Law enforcement agencies have adopted the use of body cameras a long time ago, but a global awakening has been happening where professionals from many other lines of work started to realize the importance of such devices. A vast list of other occupations require close attention and revision of facts for quality or security purposes, and that’s why body camera manufacturers have, lately, been getting inquiries from non-law enforcement professionals. Unfortunately, many of these companies haven’t yet realized the opportunities this new market presents and still produce body cameras exclusively for law enforcement. Continue reading “Here’s why non-Law Enforcement professionals are buying body cameras”
Artificial Intelligence is a highly-advanced technology that is guaranteed to generate a lot of buzz around anything it touches, and it couldn’t be any different with police body cameras. Some of the major police camera manufacturers have started investing in such technology in an attempt to facilitate police work, but some people have a different perspective on the matter.
As the market for police body cameras grows globally at an exponential rate, manufacturers have to work extra hard and reduce costs to keep up with the high demand. In most cases, that means using cheaper components and having less strict quality control. Seeing as about 99% of all police body cameras in the world are manufacturers in China, all the components in those body cameras are also made in China, and that’s not a good thing.
Wanting to try out newly released technology is ingrained in human nature, but this practice can come with some high risks, especially when these new gadgets are tools used by police officers. In the past years, many Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled police body cameras have been released, and now many police departments think that’s an absolutely necessary feature. While having cameras that connect wirelessly to computers and other devices makes officers’ lives easier, it also opens new doors for security flaws, as hackers can easily infiltrate wireless-enable police body cameras to tamper with evidence.
The amount of police body camera manufacturers out there is overwhelming, meaning law enforcement agencies have too many options to choose from when shopping for body cameras, but that doesn’t mean most of them are high-quality products. Some manufacturers seem to not have a comprehensive understanding of their customers’ needs, missing some key aspects of what features their products should have and how they should be manufactured. Mounting on the body is one of the biggest issues police body camera manufacturers face, and most of them don’t seem to be trying to fix it or still haven’t found a way.