UPDATE: I originally published this post on Nov 2nd 2012 and I thought I would update it with a cool new technology soon to be on the market from Google called Google Glass.
This is a tool that will completely change our world yet again and I’m hoping that it will change law enforcement as well. The glasses as seen here on the right can be worn like eye wear to shoot video, get directions, take photos and more. I expect we will see police, fire and paramedics with these devices in the not too distant future.
Continue reading post from Nov 2nd 2012
Thousands of complaints and police inquires are done every year about the poor conduct of police officers in the line of duty. Just last week I was hearing comments on the radio of yet another complaint about a police officer assaulting a disabled woman.
Luckily in this case, someone was filming the incident which made it very easy to determine the facts of the situation.
Sandy Davidsen, 29, was walking past three officers on the city’s Downtown Eastside in June, 2010, when Constable Taylor Robinson pushed her to the concrete. Video of the incident drew tens of thousands of views and immediate condemnation, and challenged the force’s already-strained relationship with residents of the poorest neighbourhood in the country. Source: Vancouver officer who pushed disabled woman could face harsher punishment
In today’s high tech world where the cost of video cameras are so low, I think that all police officers that are interfacing with the public should be required to wear video cameras. It’s in the best interest of the public but also the officers wearing them. as well.
With camera’s rolling, the actions, behaviors and attitude of the public as well as the officers would be different. People act differently when being filmed and I think this practice would go a long way in helping reshape our criminal system and society as a whole. With video evidence of every incident, it would take less time to sort out the facts and would increase overall accountability.
This isn’t a new idea, there are some places that are already doing this. Here are some related articles.
- Cop cams debut at University of Iowa (thegazette.com)
- Edmonton Police to wear cameras as part of pilot project (metronews.ca)
- Latest tech gear turns police into RoboCop (usatoday.com)