Clip-On Cameras May Be Wave of the Future For Law Enforcement
Fort Worth Star-Telegram via YellowBrix
December 22, 2009
WATAUGA, TX – The first recording equipment police officers carried were voice recorders attached to the shoulders of their uniforms.
Then came video cameras mounted in patrol cars.
And now in Watauga and other jurisdictions in the state, police officers are wearing clip-on video cameras.
In recent weeks, three Watauga motorcycle officers have been equipped with Vievu cameras to record traffic stops.
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Patrol officers still have video recorders in their cars.
“Down the road, I could see where our patrol officers will have the clip-on cameras along with video recorders in their cars,” Watauga Police Chief Rande Benjamin said. “For us, we just need cameras for our motorcycle officers because they didn’t have any type of video cameras.”
In Texas, 45 to 50 law enforcement agencies use the cameras, according to Heidi Traverso, a spokeswoman for Vievu, the Seattle company that designs and manufactures the cameras.
Across the country, 600 law enforcement agencies have equipped their officers with the cameras, said Traverso, a 15-year Seattle police veteran.
“It’s one switch, no wires, and you clip it on and go,” Traverso said. “It’s a tool that officers will be using.”