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Podcast: The Future of Police Body Cameras

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As police departments get increasingly connected and recorded, Popular Mechanics Editorial Assistant Cameron Johnson joins the podcast to talk about the future of police body cameras, which are increasingly being utilized by police departments around the country to provide a better record of what happens when an officer ends up in a compromised situation.

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Johnson is optimistic about the cameras, pointing out that Oakland, California, has seen a drop off in forcible arrests from 2,186 in 2009 to 600 in 2014, and exhibited a drastic decline in the number of complaints against officers.

Police body cameras have been around for about a decade, and the recent spikes in discussion have covered privacy issues, technological challenges and overall legislation. As the devices continue to evolve over time the new ideas manufacturers incorporate into the technology are scrutinised at each step of the way.


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