Body Worn Cameras in High Demand

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There has been a recent spike in demand for body worn cameras in response to the Ferguson shooting incident. This event has made these cameras a hot topic for discussion. The demand spike is confirmed from the analysis of a database of procurement activity and spending plans containing more than 80,000 government entities in the US.

 

The source 'security website' referred to this as the "Ferguson Effect". Government data firm Onvia reports that in 2014, 3,400 body worn cameras and related services were purchased, compared to only 533 in 2013. That is almost six times more purchases in 2014 compared to 2013.


In recent news there has been more discussion about police buying body worn cameras to equip forces throughout the world. It has been predicted that 80% of police will be equipped by 2017.

Kelsey Voss (Senior Marketing Manager) stated the following: "When working properly, wearing cameras is associated with a dramatic reduction in use of force and complaints against officers."

President Barack Obama recently proposed an allocation of more than $75 million in federal funds for body cameras in December. The recent research conducted by the University of Cambridge's Institute of Criminology concluded the use of body worn cameras brought about a reduction in the use of force.

In Australia a $4 million program has recently been rolled out for police in NSW to wear body worn cameras to record all public interactions. An interesting video of the NSW wearing body worn cameras has been published on the Business Insider Australia. The video demonstrates trial footage worn by NSW police in various scenarios.
For example one of the clips demonstrates the NSW police rescuing a man who was trapped on train tracks. The footage perfectly shows a police's-eye view in Australia. Click here to watch the video