Body Worn Video Steering Group
Since mid 2014 the body camera industry has grown to become an estimated $1 billion market, with many companies investing their efforts into supplying the world’s emergency services with the equipment. With the phenomenal police uptake of body cameras one new start-up has created the ‘throwable camera’
In Hampshire the conviction rate for rape sits 38.5%, while in Cumbria that figure is at 80.6% – something which is worrying to the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex. Citing issues related to the statistics, the CPS said an increase in historical allegations are proving difficult to convince a jury – signifying at least in part […]
The current national trend in the United States regarding the call for increased deployment of body cameras by law enforcement personnel is being lauded by many for its anticipated effect on transparency regarding uses of force and providing a true account of what occurs during adversarial encounters between citizens and police. However, this process creates […]
After a police officer’s behaviour was determined as out of control and inappropriate after a video captured of him by a member of the public went viral in early June 2015 hundreds of people marched through the city of McKinney, Tex., to protest. Brandon Brooks, who filmed the incident and has clocked up 6.4 million views […]
Roughly 220 people gathered at The Orleans on June 9th -11th for the first-ever Law Enforcement Camera-Based Systems Symposium. The three-day conference drew people from law enforcement agencies from as far away as Toronto, and they all had one thing on their minds: police body cameras. The technology has become a hot topic in the wake […]
“Everybody’s memory is faulty,” says Angus Lee, a Vancouver based lawyer. “Nobody has a perfect memory, no one has a memory that can compare to a body camera”. This is why he is campaigning for a minimum of 246,372 signatures from registered voters to bring the initiative to require body-worn video cameras on cops to the […]
MK (Member of the Knesset, Israel’s legislative branch of government) Avraham Negusie (of the Likud–National Liberal Movement, the major center-right political party) has proposed a bill, nicknamed the ‘Damas Pakada’ bill after the Ethiopian soldier who was beaten by two police officers last month, that would require police engaged in arrests to wear video cameras.
Recently the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) update the CCTV Code of Practice, stating “We have moved away from CCTV simply being a camera on top of a pole in our local town centre where the images were recorded on to video tapes, to much more sophisticated operations using digital and increasingly portable technology.”
In the early 2000’s body cameras were initially met with suspicion from both police and public. Fast-forward to the shocking events of summer 2014 where a young black male was shot and communities erupted in waves of protest against the police both sides now demand body cameras on their streets. This leads us to ask what […]
It is estimated by the end of 2016 over 30,000 body cameras will be in use across the United Kingdom, and by next year 1 in 5 police officers will record each interaction with the public marking the next frontier of policing and creating a promise to cut crime on our streets by 10%.