Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled body cameras: what are the risks

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 law enforcement agents. 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.

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Why mounting on the body is the Achilles’ heels of Police Body Cameras

The amount of police body camera manufacturers out there is overwhelming, meaning law enforcement agencies have 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.

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Police Body Camera Aerial Documentation with the Wolfcom 3rd Eye

Mendocino, California has proven to be the perfect place for the Wolfcom 3rd Eye body camera.  

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department purchased 6 Wolfcom 3rd Eye Police Body cameras in July of 2012 and since then they’ve successfully implemented the cameras into their officer’s day to day duties. 

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Pojoaque Trail Police Department Purchases WOLFCOM VISION™ Police Body Cameras for Quality

Pojoaque Trial, NM – The Pojoaque Trail Police Department recently purchased 15 WOLFCOM VISION Police Body Cameras.

Police Chief Frank Rael says he read about WOLFCOM Police Body Cameras on Policeone.com. “We called and WOLFCOM’s prices fit our budget,” said Rael. “We had a few officer-involved shootings in the area and we decided to look into the idea [of getting police body cameras] more closely.”

“We liked the WOLFCOM’s storage capacity, the audio, video, and picture capability, we liked the clarity of the video quality… we also liked that there are attachments for the camera and we’re planning to purchase those in the future,” said Rael.

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Lincoln New Hampshire PD Love WOLFCOM® Police Body Cameras

LINCOLN, NH – The Lincoln Police Department recently purchased 4 WOLFCOM 3RD EYE Police Body Cameras. The purchase also included WOLFCOM Management Software and radio cables, so the officers can utilize the radio microphone feature.

Chief Theodore Smith said that deployment of the department’s new police body cameras has been on hold pending state decisions regarding the use of police body cameras in New Hampshire. Recently the decision was made that allows that department to use their body cameras, so Chief Smith says the police body cameras should be in use by June.

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Fremont Street Vegas Experience Security Office Purchases WOLFCOM Police Body Cameras

Las Vegas, NV- The Fremont Street Vegas Experience Security Office recently purchased 2 WOLFCOM 3RD EYE Police Body Cameras and 12 WOLFCOM VISION Police Body Cameras. The purchase also included docking stations.

Robert Gallego, Director of Security at the Fremont Street Experience Vegas Experience, says his officers have been using police body cameras for a few years and recently upgraded to WOLFCOM’s Police Body Cameras.

“The VISION Body Cameras are lightweight and go on our uniforms well. They keep our officers in check. It also helps with guests. It’s just a tool that helps with our everyday work and we plan to get more of them in the future. We looked at other model police body cameras, but we picked the WOLFCOM VISION because it is very user-friendly and you can’t go wrong,” said Gellego.

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Wytheville Virginia PD Says WOLFCOM® Body Cameras Different as Night and Day!

WYTHEVILLE, VA – The Wytheville Virginia Police Department recently purchased 36 WOLFCOM VISION Police Body Cameras. The purchase included docking stations, battery packs and Evidence Management Software by WOLFCOM.

“Body Cameras are valuable equipment for police officers. This is why we at WOLFCOM work hard to make the best and most configurable body cameras on the market. The Wytheville PD noticed a major difference in the quality of their WOLFCOM VISIONS vs. the Muvi body cameras they had been using,” said WOLFCOM Founder Peter Austin Onruang.

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WOLFCOM Police Body Cameras Capture Rescue of “Baby Lily” from Overturned Car in Spanish Fork River

SPANISH FORK, UT- The dramatic rescue of 18-month-old Lily Groesbeck from an overturned vehicle inside of the Spanish Fork River in Spanish Fork, Utah in March was captured on WOLFCOM VISION police body cameras worn by Spanish Fork police officers Jared Warner, Bryan Dewitt, Jason Harward, and Tyler Beddoes. This is just the latest example of how vital body camera videos are becoming as tools in documenting police work and events.

In addition to the remarkable rescue footage, the story made national headlines because some of the police officers who rescued Lily claimed they heard a woman’s voice yelling for help inside the car, which is what prompted them to run into the river and overturn the car. When they did, they found that Lily’s mother, Jennifer Groesbeck was dead and Lily was unconscious in her car seat after nearly 14 hours in the freezing cold weather. The police officers quick action resulted in saving baby Lily Groesbeck’s life.

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Socorro County Sheriff’s Office and Police Department Select WOLFCOM® Police Body Cameras

SOCORRO, NM – The Socorro County Fire Marshall’s Office recently purchased 34 WOLFCOM VISION Police Body Cameras on behalf of the Socorro County Sheriff’s Office and Socorro County Police Department. The purchase included 12 EyeVision external POV cameras, 8 Docking Stations, 4 four hour battery packs and Evidence Management Software by WOLFCOM.

Jerry Wheeler, Emergency Management Coordinator for the County set up the purchase. “We applied for a Federal Grant from FEMA a year ago. It was allotted and the two local police organizations, the Socorro County Sheriff’s Office and the Socorro County Police Department said what they needed was body cameras. We received the funding and put out a request for procurement. We got 3 quotes and selected from those quotes,” said Wheeler.

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San Diego Metro Transit Police Give Feedback on WOLFCOM 3RD EYE

SAN DIEGO, CA – The San Diego Metro Transit Police recently talked about their department’s experience with WOLFCOM’s Police Body Cameras. The department purchased 50 WOLFCOM 3RD EYE Police Body Cameras for $46,250.00 in March of 2014. The purchase also included 2-year warranty’s and radio cables so the officers can utilize the camera’s radio microphone feature.

Sgt. Dave Adams of the San Diego Metro Transit Police was the officer who researched the police body cameras for his department. “The chief made the decision to get body cameras to increase officer accountability. I was assigned to conduct a month-long study to decide which cameras would fit our department best. I compared the WOLFCOM 3RD EYE police body cameras against another brand and found the WOLFCOM body camera easier to use. The WOLFCOM 3RD EYE was very police officer friendly and it was also easier to access and store the video as well,” said Adams.

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