The Effects Of Cameras On Body Cameras Essay

1464 Words Apr 11th, 2016 null Page
Today, many police departments have made their officers wear body cameras. Body worn cameras are very helpful in any altercation that could lead to many other troubles. Violence is a big issue between officers and the public and with these cameras they can record anything needed as evidence. Cameras can be, and are very helpful in many ways, yet also a disadvantage in some ways. However, every officer on duty in the country to ensure their own safety and also the safety of the community should wear them.
Oakland, California police department was the first large police department to start the use of the police body cameras. When they pushed the use of them, they made the rule where they had to record everything from just driving in a certain direction if they were trying to pull someone over, up until they were done with the violator and back in their vehicle back on their way to the road.
People were skeptics about the use of the cameras, but the police officers were won over. They valued the use of them. The cameras help show that the officers are doing the right thing consistently and are very hard working. In the past 2 years they have seen that the complaints have been reduced 50%. The complaints that come in were solved a lot faster due to the use of the cameras. It also helps seeing if someone is doing something wrong and it is addressed a lot quicker. After receiving all the complaints, it’s shown that 90% of them were supporting the officer. The way they were used…

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