Do you think wearing on-body cameras on duty should be mandatory?
Law enforcement agencies have been using in-car video cameras for a little more than two decades. The devices have defended officers against nuisance claims of abusive or even brutal behavior. But now some agencies are beginning to ask if in-car video systems have been made obsolete by officer-worn systems.
A University of Central Florida police officer shattered the car window of a student who started to roll it up on his hand. Read the full story here.
Law enforcement agencies are using on-body cameras with increased frequency. The technology captures the officer's point of view of a force encounter and also holds police accountable while on duty. Mark W. Clark, a POLICE contributing editor, discusses the topic on Larry Mantle's "AirTalk" public radio program. Read "On-Body Video: Eye Witness or Big Brother?" from our July issue.
An on-body officer video system captured a confrontation between two Evansville (Ind.) Police officers and an off-duty firefighter who ran a stop sign on his bicycle. Read the full story here.
The era of on-officer video has arrived. The technology is poised to help keep officers safer and more accountable on the job, while protecting law enforcement agencies from nuisance lawsuits.
The rules of the game may be changing. Forward-looking agencies embrace new technology at about the same time as the rest of society. That seems to be the case with on-body video systems.