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”
Lately, we have been getting an unusual amount of calls about errors and bugs on our WOLFCOM Evidence Management Software 2.0 and Extractor. We didn’t know what could possibly be causing those issues until Microsoft released a statement about its latest Windows update being a defective one. According to the very own Microsoft and several blogs and forums, the 1809 Windows update has been causing many different issues due to missing files, so much so that they have paused the rollout of this update until further notice. Continue reading “Beware of Windows 10 update 1809”
The body camera market is predicted to grow exponentially over the next few years, and this growth has been becoming more apparent with each passing day. Many companies from the most various industries have been adopting the use of body cameras, and now it’s time for property inspection companies to join. Jeffery Michel, owner and founder of Integrity Property Inspections, located in El Paso, TX, is leading the industry by using body cameras to document inspections done by his employees and himself. Continue reading “Jeffery Michel, owner and founder of Integrity Property Inspections, talks about how the use of body cameras has helped his business”
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”
Running a police department is no easy job. Aside from all the obvious issues they deal with on a daily basis, managing and keeping up with all the software installed in their servers is a hard task on its own. Having one software to perform each function is a waste of time and resources for the department and its members. That’s why many police departments have been requesting one software that works as a complete solution that’s able to manage all their digital evidence as well as extract videos from their police body cameras and in-car cameras.
Cloud storage has been growing exponentially for the past couple of years and it’s easy to understand why. It’s a much simpler and easier way to store digital assets than the old school on-premises servers. Cloud doesn’t take up any space in the department, doesn’t require an IT team, and stored files can be easily shared and accessed from anywhere. It’s supposed to be a headache-free solution but that’s not what most departments experience when choosing to go with cloud solutions offered by some companies out there, and that’s why we are different.
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.