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CA Cops Experiment with Head-Mounted Cameras

CA Cops Experiment with Head-Mounted Cameras

Associated Press

December 20, 2009

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose police are testing head-mounted cameras to record interactions with the public.

The test using 18 patrol officers comes as citizens’ groups criticize the department for too often using force during arrests.

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Officers are to turn on the cameras every time they talk with anyone. They download the recordings after every shift.

The cameras are the size of a Bluetooth cell phone earpieces and attach by a headband above the ear.

San Jose is the first major American city to try the devices, made by Arizona-based Taser International. Taser is paying for the experiment, but the price could be high if San Jose equips all 1,400 officers.

Each kit costs $1,700, plus a $99 per officer monthly fee. That’s $4 million department-wide each year.


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