New uniform cameras are getting a field test by Florida police officers. Â These uniform cameras are shoulder mounted, and will give everyone using them a new tool in fighting crime. Â It’s definitely an interesting concept, and certainly one that seems like something out of a spy movie.
The Bal Harbour Police DepartmentÂ is trying out these new tools right now, possibly breaking new ground in how police work is done. Â The dual purpose of them is to help with prosecuting cases and to help protect the officers on duty, possibly creating a safer work environment for the officers.
The cameras will be tested for 30 days, at which point the department will decide if it is worth purchasing them at $4,000 each. Â If they yield good results, it seems like a very innovative way of upgrading the police department’s gear. Â With a camera there during every encounter an officer has, it could also raise the accountability factor that the officers have placed upon them.
It seems a bit intimidating to be asked to have a camera record everything that you are doing on the job, but it could be the next logical step in making the job a bit safer for our police officers. Â If a criminal knows that they are being taped by the officer speaking with them, maybe it will cut down on the discrepancies between a suspect’s version of events and what the officer witnessed.
What do you think about these cameras? Â Could it cut down on crime while increasing the safety level for officers at the same time?Â Are they worth the cost?
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