This is where you can learn more about police car cameras, versus buying a police body camera.
The police car camera system has been a basic piece of equipment for law enforcement agencies for over 20 years now. A majority of police departments have in car cameras systems, but the majority of them do not have body worn cameras. The Issue? The budgets for these departments are non existent. Police departments just can not afford both in car cameras systems and body cameras.
The basics of the police in-car camera systems:
The in car camera video system includes a front facing zoom camera, digital video recorder, LCD, and a police wireless microphone system.
1. The in car camera system is locked and the officer can not tamper with the video evidence. He can not change any of the video recorded in the car.
2. The car camera is activated automactically by triggers set up by the supervisors such as the light bar, siren or radar.
3. The video recordings are transmitted wirelessly from the in-car camera system to the police headquarters server without the officer handling the original video evidence. This preserves the chain of evidence in court.
The basics of the police body camera systems:
The body worn camera for law enforcement includes a small digital video recorder worn on the chest or head of the officer, powered by a rechargeable battery.
Here are 3 advantages of the body worn cameras:
1. The point of view is often close and onsite in a house or bar, so its very convienent.
2. The body worn camera is usually HD and the video is sharp and in the large .mp4 format.
3. The great body cameras include a feature called pre-event recording. This enables the police chief and courts to see a minute before the officer started the recorder, allowing us to see the build up to the incident.
Here are the disadvantages of the police body cameras:
1. Battery life often limited to 3 hours of continuous recording. Martels Crime camera can record close to 12 hours continuously.
2. The officer controls when the body camera record is activated and stopped. This will probably create more problems in the future than it will solve.
3. Wearable video cameras designed for police have to be pointed in the right direction to get the incident recorded correctly. So by the officer just turning in the opposite direction it defeats the body worn camera.
4. The police body camera policy needs to written in a way to not be onerous on the police officers, since the job is very stress-full and setting up video action shots should not be the biggest concern on their minds when an incident is happening in front of them.