The Silent Witness – The New Must Have for Law Enforcement
Coined the “silent witness,” the unblinking eye of the camera is changing the landscape of today’s legal system. Whether body-worn, in-car, surveillance, or drone, police cameras collect powerful, compelling evidence, much of which appears on television or social media. More and more frequently, these cameras are called upon to speak for officers when they cannot speak for themselves.
Research has determined that body-worn cameras benefit not just police officers, but the public as well. In addition to aiding in the resolution of officer-involved incidents or complaints, body-worn cameras can:
- Strengthen police accountability by documenting incidents and encounters between officers and the public.
- Prevent or de-escalate confrontational situations by improving the behavior of both the officer and the people being recorded.
- Strengthen officer performance by using the footage to aid in officer training.
- Improve evidence documentation by providing officers clarity on small details they may have missed during the incident.
The integration of body-worn cameras with an in-car video system builds trust and strengthens the relationship between a community and its police force by improving agency transparency. By combining the two, you get video coverage from all angles to help aid in all types of investigations, build community trust, and strengthen officer performance.
Police Video and Data Management
Cameras help first responders better assess, prepare for, and respond to emergency calls. With the prevalence of video surveillance systems integrated into public and private spaces, including K-12 and higher-education environments, police can see an event or scene from many angles. Police forces have also used in-car video for decades, and the benefits are clear. Advantage include public approval, clearer footage, improved behavior, and enhanced evidence collection. These cameras also help officers identify patterns of behavior that serve as learning and training tools.
And this explosion of video evidence means it’s critical to have smart and secure data management. Because court cases and lives hang in the balance, there is no margin for error. The use of these various cameras will go far in benefiting police officers and the communities they serve.
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