Body cameras are fairly new but before that car dash cameras have been around for a bit. Police cars that have car dash cameras use the video from them in cases against the police and/or citizen complaints.
History of the Car Dash Camera
Police officers began using car dash cameras to video tape drunk drivers so there would not be any discretion as to whom was at fault, or if the person was really drunk. Accidents have also become popular as to being video taped by police car dash cams. Mothers against drunk drivers aided funding along with some insurance companies that pitched in.
Prior to using car dash cams it has been the officers word against the subject in question. One, problem with car video is that there is only one angle from the front of the police car.
Body Cameras on the Rise: Are they better than car dash cams.
With the use of body cameras on the rise some controversy has arisen. A Staten Island police officer, working the night shift on the North Western shore, 121st precinct last Saturday night, saw smoke coming from his body camera. It then exploded, but the officer was not hurt. The cause is under investigation, however the New York Police department has pulled 2,990 cameras from the New York Police department. The Vievu LE 5 body worn cameras may have a lithium-ion battery that helps enhance up to twelve hours of video recording time. The investigation is on-going. Body cameras also have one angle from the front of the officer. A different angle can show a different story.
It seems that this incident of the body camera blow up is not the first since they have been implemented into police departments. The car dash camera is still utilized by many police to help insure safety and accountability
What is your opinion on car dash cams vs body cameras? Do you think both car dash cams and body cams should be used, or one or the other?
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Romig, H. (2018, January 3). 5 reasons why a police department on in-car video system. PoliceOne.com
Southall, A. (2018, October 21). Police Body Cameras Bursts into Flames:New York Pulls 2,990 From Use. The New York Times