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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Police, Camera, Action: Getting The Best From Body Worn Video

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Body-worn video cameras represent a recent technology development that is being driven by the Home Office and by operational requirements for widespread adoption within the police and other emergency services.


Grappling With Gigabytes

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As body cameras are integrated into police forces around the world court systems are starting to buckle under the weight of hours upon hours of video, however learning to deal with this new challenge is temporary and staff are “ready to deal with whatever comes our way.”


Body Cameras Illustrate Mental Heath Issues

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Recently, here at the BWVSG, it was noticed that with the uptake of body cameras a strange trend began to emerge. As the hours of footage clocked up there was an increase in videos of incidents involving mentally ill persons, an issue the technology has brought to light. In Dallas, Texas, Shirley Harrison had called […]


Body Camera Research on Public Opinion

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Although body cameras are relatively new in terms of what effect they have on policing, many proponents call them the modern day “police officer’s notebook”. Two separate projects – one led by an Arizona State University professor, another by a University of Washington doctoral student – are studying Spokane police department’s body camera program, which is still in […]


Operation Hyperion Infographic

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Facts and figures from the Operation Hyperion report, in infographic form. Operation Hyperion | Create infographics


Body Camera Infographic

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A study conducted in Mesa, Arizona, found that body-worn cameras were associated with a reduction in complaints against officers. In October 2012, the Mesa Police Department implemented a one-year pilot program in which 50 officers were assigned to wear body-worn cameras, and 50 officers were assigned to a control group without the cameras. The study, which was conducted […]


Why Do We Distrust Photographic Evidence?

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“We can never really claim to have seen anything unless it has been photographed.” — Émile Zola, c. 1901, Minutes of the Camera Club of Paris Roger Tichborne was sick of the rural English country life in Hampshire, and like many well-to-do young men of his day decided to fill this void through travel. Heir to […]


DOJ Announces Initial $20 Million Body-Worn Camera Program Funding

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The Department of Justice recently announced a $20 million pilot program for police body cameras, it’s the first component of President Barack Obama’s $75 million Body Worn Camera Partnership Program, which he announced late last year. The investment includes $17 million in competitive grants for the purchase of body-worn cameras, $2 million for training and […]


4 Easy Methods Used to Maximise the Value of Wearing a Body Camera

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Many front-line police officers, security personnel, government staff, and more report tangible benefits when using body cameras. In the words of the Operation Hyperion report “some users simply switched on the devices at the start of an incident and off at the end, with little thought about using the camera pro-actively.”  This article provides 4 methods […]


Should Police Officers Be Allowed To Buy Their Own Body Cameras?

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Some police officers around the country are beginning to spend their own money on body cameras to use on the job to protect themselves for charges of wrongdoing. In Boise, Idaho supporters of department-wide body cameras say crime may increase with population growth, so officers need to be prepared.