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Clip-On Cameras May Be Wave of the Future For Law Enforcement

Clip-On Cameras May Be Wave of the Future For Law Enforcement

TASER International

Fort Worth Star-Telegram via YellowBrix

December 22, 2009

The cameras, which cost $699 to $899, are used by firefighters, private security companies and insurance adjusters.

In some area departments, motorcycle officers have video cameras mounted on their bikes, but they cost $3,000 to $5,000 each, and a few departments have reported problems with them because of exposure to heat and cold, authorities said.

In Watauga, the clip-on video cameras were first tested for a month during the summer, police said.

The city paid $800 each for the cameras and about $500 for extra hard drives for storage.

“The cameras can hold about four hours of video,” said Watauga police Sgt. Bobby Faglie, a motorcycle officer in the department. “A traffic stop takes two to three minutes, so we have plenty of space during a 10-hour shift.”

Faglie said he welcomed the department’s new tool.

“You just can’t tell what people will say to you or how they will act,” Faglie said.

“People can really get upset at times for getting a ticket.”

The cameras will capture how the motorist and officer behave, Faglie said.

In Watauga, a motorist has 30 days to file a complaint against an officer after an incident. The officers’ video is kept for three months, Benjamin said.

“For the most part, people just don’t like being on camera,” Benjamin said. “But these cameras are being used to protect the officer, the city and the motorist.”

DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR., 817-390-7763


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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Good way to cya

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Ive used a Digital Voice Recorder in my work shirt pocket for the last 4 or so years. Now I'm using a Digital Video Camera that I grabbed on line a while ago, being an MD80. I've used it for about 4 months and it's an absolute cracker, (although now already Atari in Wii land), but so far I've sorted a pursuit where the driver changed seats with the passenger mid way then screamed 'fit up' - till the video was produced & it became a plea; a complaint where I apparently abused and bashed a traffic subject - till video produced and all was hunky dorey - showing HE was a wanker and I was quite suave; and lately in an interview with a boss re a minor discip matter, (wow what polite manners he had too!!). I feel regardless of what we all think these things will be part and parcel with modern day policing soon enough. I therefore reckon jump on board and grab it by the goolies n use it to YOUR advantage. Strewth with the availability of camera phones in nearly everyones pocket, (as per chiefmillan said) coppers are always in the (filming) firig line so why not turn it around on the idiots around us.
    Anyway - Merry Christmas all. Go Well. Stay Safe.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    cameras are everywhere anyhow, why not have our own to prove what we DIDN'T do? Everyone has a cell phone these days....

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    scottydl

    over 4 years ago

    80 Comments

    This may seem like big brother watching, but as we all know you almost need video footage to prove your actions or exonerate yourself against accusations these days. An officer's word unfortunately doesn't mean as much as it used to. If used properly under departmental guidelines, these cameras could benefit us just as much as squad car and interview room cameras we all depend on now.

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    loganj0

    over 4 years ago

    440 Comments

    Good points and bad points. A dascam has saved my rear a few times when good friends of people in high places have gotten a ticket. We'll see

  • Meangreen01_max50

    AZmeangreen

    over 4 years ago

    2338 Comments

    Not sure this would work too well out in the field... "Dear Chief, nobody was more surprised than I when my camera lens and microphone became too encrusted with dirt and debris to be of any use..."

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    swatcop2004

    over 4 years ago

    566 Comments

    These cameras in this article are not the only ones available. leacorp.com has the Scorpion Micro DV for $125. The Scorpion is smaller and has upgradable memory capacity by use of MicroSD cards. My entire department has them and they are awesome. They have proven one of the most worthwhile investments we have ever made.

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    CAREBEAR911

    over 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    Retleo I like your idea of putting the cameras on the Felon's foreheads!!

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    deputyroark

    over 4 years ago

    196 Comments

    CYOA Boys and Girls HOOAH !!!!!

  • Th_detective_max50

    Retleo

    over 4 years ago

    5524 Comments

    Cool idea........why don't we try a 12 month field test to check out the system's reliability?..........by putting these cameras on all of our Federal, State and Local politicians! If the system is of any real value we should be able to clean out the septic tank of politics in short order! Then we can have the mini-version of the cameras surgically implanted in the foreheads of ALL convicted felons! I am really warming up to this idea......

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    APDSARGE

    over 4 years ago

    1064 Comments

    We still use chisels and tablets......

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    HEYSARGE

    over 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Just remember to shut the friggen off when your looking down stream in the men's room!!!!!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    The cost of these gadgets needs to come down a lot before many departments will choose to use them!

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    184retired

    over 4 years ago

    3806 Comments

    I guess if you play the game right all they can do is help you....So long as they don't create any limitations in doing the job it looks like big brother is going to win...Still think it is a collossal waste of money..Money that could be better spent on putting more bodies on the streets.

  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    It has it's ups and downs, right now I can see the advantages better then the disadvantages...

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