If expense is not an issue, should wearable cameras be used by law enforcement?

Yes—camera should always be on when officer is on duty.
62% (269 votes)
No—it’s a privacy intrusion to the public and to the officer.
21% (93 votes)
Yes—as long as the officer can control when the camera is on or off.
17% (75 votes)
Total voters: 437

Discuss this poll 5

on May 3, 2016

There should not be an off switch. Camera's protect the public AND the police officer. In case of legal action, the video should become public domain and posted on youtube. Some officers would be crucified-mostly the ones who shouldn't be wearing a badge anyway. The rest (99.9%) of the officers would be spared much of the public vilification.

on Jan 22, 2016

Poor question. If expense is not an issue, then why don't we triple the size of our police forces? Expense will always be a factor. The cameras are relatively cheap. Archiving, functional access and retrieval will be long term costs associated with video. Plus the fact that laws are always well behind technology makes video storage requirements inconsistent even within a single state.

on Sep 19, 2015

Turn the cameras around on to the police. It is more relevant to see how the officer is behaving than the poor souls looking down the barrel of a Glock, a night stick, pepper spray, and the back-up guy behind the cruiser door with the rifle pointed at him.
In my area there is talk of banning the use of cellphone video and car video when an officer is involved. They want it all one way. BTW, who owns the video of me?

on Jul 27, 2015

There are indeed data storage and privacy issues regarding continuous recording. Future generation cameras will need to be designed to some standards.

There is a need for intelligence in the camera system to activate it when needed. For example releasing the strap on a handcuff, gun or Taser holster could be used to activate the camera and microphone. The camera could also be programmed to temporarily store the previous number of minutes of video and begin writing the video to the protected memory card when an activation signal is received. In no case could the camera be instantaneously switched off, a delay period would be programmed.

Safeguards will need to be incorporated to prevent a user from masking the CCD display and microphone or distorting the image.

on Feb 12, 2015

The camera is not the problem as much as the storage of the recorded data, much of which would be useless for anything, but outrageously expensive to keep. Plus additional personnel to manage.

Post new comment

We use cookies to improve your website experience. To learn about our use of cookies and how you can manage your cookie settings, please see our Cookie Policy. By continuing to use the website, you consent to our use of cookies.