Body Cameras for Law Enforcement Are Growing Increasingly Popular
Police dash camera systems are growing increasingly common as more and more departments and entire communities attempt to protect not only civilians, but police officers themselves. In fact, it has long been a valid argument that if good cops want to make sure that the community does not doubt the work that they do, police dash camera systems should be willing added to all departments.
Although there is a perception that police cameras are needed to make sure that every day common citizens are treated well, the fact of the matter is that there are also many good cops who want the same thing. They want video and audio documentation of the good arrests that they make, not just the few bad cops who take advantage of the authority that they have and the power of their office.
As more and more communities want to prove that they have departments full of good officers, it is important to realize that dash cams for police officers, as well as dash cams for police vehicles can help document all of the things that go right. And while there will always be some officers who do not follow protocol when it comes to some kinds of arrests, the best departments realize that they can improve public relations when they are able to show evidence of the good work that the majority of their officers perform.
Consider these facts and figures about the increased use of in car police video systems and the other ways that communities work to keep their officers safe:
- 50% of officers said that body cameras would make police more likely to act appropriately, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
- 93% of officers said that they have become more concerned about the dangers of the job, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey of 8,000 police officers.
- Police equipped with body cameras receive 93% fewer complaints from the public, according to a recent study.
- An evaluation of body cameras in the Rialto, California Police Department indicated a 60% drop in use of force by officers.
- Nearly 30% of the 18,000 police departments in the U.S. were using body cameras as of March 2015.
- Police officers wearing cameras were as much as 25.2% more likely to consider the devices helpful during interactions with the public, according to a 2015 study.
As more and more department budgets reflect the need to keep police officers safe and protect the community it should come as no surprise that there will be an increased amount of money set aside for on person and in car camera systems including the latest technology in police dash camera system installations.