With more and more incidents arising around the world- safety is becoming increasingly important in many industries, most notably within the law enforcement sector. If you have noticed recently, there have been a lot of dashcam and bodycam footage being shown in the news, especially in the United States- this is because the footage shown is unadulterated, and was what the user was seeing at the time of an event.
Unlike many other forms of police technology, body-worn cameras can serve both a law enforcement and a public accountability function. Body cameras worn by police can be useful for documenting police misconduct and use of force, but footage can also be used to perform surveillance both people that police interact with and third parties who might not even realize they are being filmed. If combined with other technology, such as facial recognition, thousands of police officers wearing bodycams could record the locations, words, and deeds of much of the population at any given time- which may raise serious concerns in regards to privacy.
As bodycams record videos they have started becoming the standard protocol for most police departments around the world- with the fuel further being stoked by the tensions over in the United States between civilians and law enforcement officials. Set apart from law enforcement agencies, there are also other other fields of work that utilises body cameras, such as security personnel, and even the trial run on paramedics in Victoria, back in 2017. The reason behind the trial run on paramedics was because of on-duty assaults that paramedics were facing; “What we want to ensure is we are using this as a tool to be able to discourage people and understanding that they will be subjected to accountability if they subject paramedics to violence and aggression,” Jill Hennessy, Victoria health and ambulances service minister, said.
There’s also growing evidence that wearing body cams benefits both police and the people they deal with in the street, in part because research suggests that both sides tend to behave with more restraint when they know they’re being recorded. A 2015 study in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, for example, found that after police in the city of Rialto, California, started wearing body cams, incidents in which officers used force dropped by around 60 percent, and the number of citizen complaints against them dropped by 88 percent. (A more recent study, though, suggests that the cams reduce use of force by both sides only when individual officer can’t turn them on and off at their discretion.) Proponents say body cams can help protect police against false accusations of abuses- though in some instances, the footage also sometimes can lead to allegations of misconduct.
As there is a growing demand for personal use body cameras for recording day to day activities, to deter nefarious activities, or even usage of a camcorder, it is safe to say that there are bodycams out there developed for personal use, but with the same (or similar) specifications that are afforded to the bodycams used by police forces. To check out our very own body cam, view our Andatech Professional Body Camera 2- it’s also has a built-in silent mode for sneaky recordings.