The Effects Of Police Wearing Cameras On Cameras And The Benefits And Challenges

1093 Words Nov 29th, 2015 null Page
Body Worn Cameras are the biggest item in Police Department’s around America today. Body Worn Cameras (BWC’s) offer a look into exactly what a Police Officer encounters, how they react, and the wrongs and rights of the public or officer. Through the help of interviews of SDPD Officers and several articles on the topic, I plan to discuss the effects of police wearing cameras, the cost of enabling the cameras and the benefits and challenges of BWC’s.
What are they and what do they do? BWC’s come in many sizes, most are typically the size of your palm. Many models are out now, some go on the chest of the officer and some even attach to the shoulder or head of the officer. The top producing companies of BWC’s are Taser International and Vievu. The average price for each camera now runs at about $400 to $600. BWC’s are used in every encounter with citizens or when any police work is being conducted by an officer. Recording all these events requires a humongous amount of storage for all video data. The more data stored the more amount of storage and money needed. The average cost according to Policeone.com for each officer “run’s between $20 and $100 per officer per month, depending on the volume generated.”. Policeone.com also states that storage expenses for BWC’s are “running into the millions of dollars in some cities.”.
Body Worn cameras are the newest purchases for Police Departments all over the United states. According to FOX 6 News nearly “One-third of United States…

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