BODY CAMERA BENEFITS

Nehul Agrawal July 05, 2017 01:05 am

Body cameras have been in the headlines for some time now.  There are cases where these body cameras come in handy and in other cases those wearing them may wish they were never there.   For some there is the issue of it being an invasion of privacy, but for those in law enforcement it could quite literally make or break their case.

One of the main areas where a body camera could come in handy is in domestic violence cases.  A lot of times the victims in these cases will tell officers what happened when they feel they are safe and away from the danger.  If an officer is wearing a body camera he can record those statements, which could be quite important in the actual prosecution of the case.   The reason for this is that victims may sometimes recant their statements out of fear of it occurring again.  They may refuse to testify letting the suspect walk.  If officers have these statements on video, they can use them as evidence and still make the case against the suspect.  In many situations the body camera statements are the sole reason for the suspect getting prosecuted.

Accident scenes can be chaotic and confusing.  People are feeling traumatized and are worked up over everything going on around them, so officers use these cameras to get the statements from each individual.  Right at the time of the accident is when people remember what happened best.  That’s why these recordings can be helpful.  The more time that spreads in between the time of the accident and a possible court date, the more likely the person will forget some of the details or change the story up.  The camera footage can be presented as the most accurate statement before the court.  Officers can also walk around with those cameras on and record the exact placement of the vehicles and show what the scene looked like following the accident rather than rely on a diagram or drawing.

One of the biggest benefits can be for the officers themselves.  In an era where everyone seems to be armed with a camera officers are scrutinized over everything they say or do.  These cameras can prove that there was no mistreatment and that the rules were followed.  A lot of times video is recorded by passerby’s after things have escalated.  Those investigating the situation never see what led up to the events in question.  If an officer can turn on a camera as they are arriving on a scene they can document everything that is said and done.  They can show that they followed procedure and that they may have needed to defend themselves in some manner.  This could be the answer in quite possibly clearing up an officer’s name and reputation.

RapidXpres carries body cameras.  They know a lot of agencies do not have a large budget to spend a lot of money to arm all their officers.  RapidXpres will work with the budget available.  When you see how much the benefits outweigh the cons in this situation these cameras can prove to be invaluable.

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