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  • #16
    Yep. I see them being on every officer in the next 20 years. I don't agree with them and don't think they're necessary, but with politicians running departments they are going to do everything possible that limits liability in their book.

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    • #17
      I think it is BS. If anyone has been through an IA having their acitions questioned then they would understand. I have seen agencies go after Officers and if you have hours of video to watch and second guess that is a problem.
      Budda sat in front of a wall and when he stood up he was enlightened. I sat in front of a wall and when I stood up the wall was enlightened.


      We forge our skills in the fire of our will.

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      • #18
        Not a big fan of cameras.

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        • #19
          Meh, they can be good for showing what really happened. They can be bad if a department wants to start nitpicking everything. I would support them if there are strong department policies against witch hunts.

          As a side note, I am forgetful about turning off my camera and more than once I've finished a car stop, swung by the station, taken a leak, returned to my car and realized the camera was still rolling. I guess there will now be video to accompany :P

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          • #20
            ^lol. Good thing video isn't being monitored by people, in real time.

            I heard Oakland, CA PD is using body cams now. Not sure if that's accurate or not.

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            • #21
              When they start getting damaged in altercations, foot pursuits etc. Im thinking theyll go by the wayside as a dumb*** idea should. BUT, until then we can spend a 1 for 1 downloading useless crap onto hard drives instead of being on the street. Go on a domestic and spend an hour+ from front to back and then spend equal time staring at a computer downloading the event before returing to service.

              Next hot call that comes out? well tough ****...Im downloading my video. for a 10 hour shift I see us actually spending 3-4 hours actually in the field, the rest of the time will be booking/reports/dowload car/body video...sweet. where else can I work 12 hours a week and get paid?
              Originally posted by crass cop
              Just do it in front of a camera and try not to get a boner and you shoudl be fine.

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              • #22
                Well, I'm sure in due time the technology will advance to where these videos can be downloaded at a much quicker rate.

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                • #23
                  I am a Police Officer in England and we just received them a few weeks ago and they are an optional to use. You have to download them at the end of the shift to ensure continuity. We have been advised to use them as much as possible but it is not mandatory on every call. I believe they can be useful especially if you are sent to a DV call and the victim is apprehensive to provide a written statment at the time. You can show the state of the home if it shows a disturbance and the state of the victim.

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                  • #24
                    A double-edged sword to say the least. But one way to combat the negative aspects of being required or "volun-told" to wear a camera is being smart about how you go about your daily responsibilities as a cop. Cameras will be part of the future in law enforcement so why not find a way to make them work for us? Many of us (to include I) see this as a method for admins to nail cops to the cross and strictly for liability purposes. The great thing about cameras is that they irrefutable. Many of the issues come after the fact when everyone else is Monday night quarterbacking the encounter. Here is where you use case law, statutes and whatever else necessary to supplement and articulate your course of action, again we need to think smart on how we conduct business. One thing administrations hate and cannot deny is written documentation that has been supported through the judicial system. Apply this added layer of protection to your case and you are as good as gold. Smart cops will use this to their advantage, it is just a matter of how.
                    "Its not cheating, unless you get caught."-Al Bundy

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                    • #25
                      body cameras?!?! I say BODY SHOTS!!!!

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