By March 2015, approximately one-third of the United States' 18,000 police departments had implemented the use of body cameras. Their introduction into the police force has had numerous positive impacts on law enforcement officer and civilian safety.
Where cruiser dash cameras aren't able to move with the officer, cameras worn by officers present the opportunity to record footage in the first-person view. While these technological advancements have had benefits for police departments and local communities alike, they're not without their own pitfalls. Before you decide to take the plunge, here are some body cam considerations to take into account.
There are important questions raised when police departments consider adopting any recording devices. Merely knowing the benefits doesn't effectively help a department in the long run, especially when body camera or dash camera footage is primarily used to monitor officers and civilians alike. The gathering of public footage for evidence isn't a subject to be taken lightly, nor should it be used as a control method. Discussing your options, pros, and cons with your department and the greater community will ensure a level of communication and understanding that will leave you better able to protect and serve.