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Old 03-01-2013, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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Greensboro police will be able to record video as they conduct foot patrols. Greensboro will be the first city to equip all its patrol officers with on-body cameras.

News-Record.com : Greensboro police to wear cameras
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Boone, NC
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I can see the benefits of this on both sides of the fence. For people who claim police abuse and for officers who are wrongly accused of it. The question can be settled pretty quickly.
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:50 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Im surprise or it not mention to have face recognition software. That what the CMPD using befor and after the DNC.
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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In general, I like the idea but my understanding from the article is that it will only really benefit the police side. And I say that because of these two quotes from the article:

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The devices are constantly recording, but they are also erasing the data after 30 seconds. When an officer pushes the button to begin recording, the previous 30 seconds of video is saved.
Our ambulances had the same type of technology. We had a drive cam that captured the driver and what was directly in front of our ambulance that would continuously record, and if you either got in an accident and it automatically triggered or a recording would be saved if you hit a red button on the camera which also captured the last 30 seconds. (Admittedly, it was almost exclusively used to capture one of us saying something stupid - being able to tape someone 30 seconds in the past is tons of fun - but I digress)

These are triggered by the officer. So (playing devil's advocate) if I'm the officer and do something stupid I don't hit the record button and capture it on tape. If the person I'm talking to does something or says something that benefits me, I hit the record button.

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Each department decides who can review the data, Tuttle said.
Along the same lines, the department decides who can review the data. So if I claim police abuse, in my mind at least, all they have to say is that it wasn't recorded which may or may not be true.

Just finished watching the video, clearly not intended as a way to protect the public. One of the chief highlighted points of the video is protecting the officer against false litigation. Never once does it mention protecting the public - though if you're marketing to police departments, I wouldn't create marketing material that would ever mention police wrong doing in anyway. Know your audience.

Again, I like the idea in general and you can look through my post history, I'm typically on the side of emergency services, but I still have questions about how much this is actually a mutually beneficial advancement, though I do believe since there are plenty of youtube videos taping police and other emergency services that this at least gives the cops an additional tool to use as evidence.

Last edited by MysteryMT; 03-02-2013 at 01:55 AM.. Reason: I watched the video and added additional comments
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