Archive for the 'Body-worn video cameras' Category

NETHERLANDS – TASER Technology Summit June 10th, 2014, Amsterdam (2014-06-10)

Posted on June 10 2014 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: TASER Inc announces its “tech summit” at its newly-opened office in Amsterdam and here is a listing of what it offers. It’s free, and it allows the corporation to gain a further foothold into the new Body Worn Camera market. Controversial ex-Police Chief of Albuquerque, Ray Schultz, and the director of the […]

USA – Washington State: The Seattle Police Dept. body camera question: Better policing practices or your privacy? (2014-05-09)

Posted on May 9 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Until privacy issues are resolved, the SPD is putting its body camera pilot program on hold as recommended by the attorney-general. The technology may reduce officer use of force, but it also skirts the edges of Washington privacy laws. State laws place restrictions on recording private conversations without a person’s permission. The […]

USA – Cameras on cops: Coming to a town near you (2014-04-14)

Posted on April 14 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Are body-worn cameras – such as the taser AXON Body-worn cameras – the new frontier in policing? These cameras are “ground-breaking”, a “wave of the future” according to Rialto’s chief of police. Los Angeles and New York City are currently testing them. The cameras are said to aid in evidence-gathering at the […]

USA – Watching the Watchmen: Are Police Officers’ Body-Worn Cameras a Win for Accountability? (2014-04-12)

Posted on April 12 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Thousands of police departments around the nation are beginning to implement the use of portable cameras worn on officers’ lapels, helmets or sunglasses. Nearly one in every six police departments are actively patrolling with body-worn cameras, according to one expert on the matter. They are being hailed as a success in terms […]

CANADA – Toronto: Commentary: ‘Curtis Young case shows need for body-worn cameras on police’ (2014-03-31)

Posted on March 31 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (No direct mention of TASER International here.) A defense lawyer argues for the deployment of body-worn cameras by the police, saying they are already being used in Edmonton, Ottawa, Victoria and Calgary. They were rec pommended in a Police and Community Engagement Review last year to probe allegations of police bias and […]

(2014-03-26) TEXAS: Fort Worth police getting more collar-mounted video cameras [[Axon body-cameras // transparency // police union]]

Posted on March 26 2014 by admin

Police in Fort Worth are to get TASER AXON on-body cameras – increasing from 200 to 600 units, making the police department the largest user of the Axon cameras in the country. The advantages (according to the Police): Checking on police conduct, real-time information for crime investigators and handling citizens’ complaints. A police union leader recognises the officer, community, and victims of crimes have rights and privacy concerns that cannot be discarded in the quest for transparency – obviously the officers in particular, adding that “officers police more professionally on tape. They’re so much more patient and caring and giving” (?)

USA – Sonoma County, California: Task force reviews [AXON and VIEVU] cameras tested by deputies (2014-03-25)

Posted on March 25 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: City Council debates deploying VIEVU and TASER body-held cameras (AXON), to “strike a balance between privacy concerns (mainly of police) and recording relevant interactions between police and citizens”. VIEVU downloads to a local server, AXON to the site at the TASER corporation, costing about half the price of VIEVU (but paying […]

USA – Ex Cop: Everyone Behaves Better When They’re on Video [Vievu body-cameras] (2014-03-24)

Posted on March 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Vievu is one major competitor of TASER’s AXON on-body camera system. The is the Vievu perspective. Body cameras present the potential benefit of keeping police accountable, they also present a risk of invading civilians’ privacy, and the ACLU considers the privacy concerns could be dealt with. “Everyone behaves better when they’re on […]

USA – Los Angeles: Positive Reviews of LAPD’s On-Body Cameras (2014-03-12)

Posted on March 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The LAPD is testing TASER and Coban Tech on-body cameras Thirty officers are testing cameras from both Taser Int. and Coban Tech in a pilot program, and will select a device by sometime this summer, with “mostly positive feedback”. TASER Inc donated 60 cameras for the project. Coban Tech cameras will be […]

UK – London: Call for Met’s Taser arsenal to be fitted with video cameras (2014-02-25)

Posted on February 25 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Over the past 18 months there has been a fourfold increase in the number of times officers drew their Tasers. London Assembly Member Baroness Jenny Jones has called for the Met’s entire stock of Taser weapons to be routinely fitted with video cameras in a bid to ensure officer accountability.] MayorWatch, by […]

CANADA – Toronto: Jury recommends de-escalation in police confrontations with the mentally ill [no taser mentioned] (2014-02-12)

Posted on February 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following the death of three mentally ill Toronto residents who were shot by police – Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Eligon were all gunned down after approaching officers with knives or scissors – a coroner’s jury recommends that Police should “maximize emphasis on verbal de-escalation techniques” in their training. “If the […]

USA – Taser Aims To Sell Police Futuristic Video Body Gear (2013-12-26)

Posted on December 26 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (from an investors’ site) TASER eyes the on-body-camera business …. : Wall Street lately has focused on what Taser ( TASR ) calls on-officer video technology (AXON products, linked to , even of the electroshock weapons are still 90% of the corporation’s business. This has contributed to increases in TASR stock […]

USA – New wearable video cameras for police help boost Taser shares (2013-12-16)

Posted on December 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser shares jumped 10 per cent on Monday and are up 125 per cent over the past year reflecting more police departments adopting tasers as well as wearable video cameras for on-duty police officers. The sudden price jump comes after New York Police Department’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy was judged unconstitutional and there […]

CANADA – Lights! Camera! Busted? Are on-body cameras for police officers a good idea? (2013-10-25)

Posted on October 25 2013 by admin

  [[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Toronto Police Services is thinking about equipping its front-line officers with a new breed of law-enforcement video camera: the miniaturized on-body recording system. Interview with an ACLU lawyer who supports theire use to show objectively the police perspective on incidents: “Everybody is better behaved when there’s video involved.”But it […]

USA – International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 2013: Putting video cameras on cops … and burning the ships (2013-10-22)

Posted on October 22 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : an upbeat police website report on TASER CEO Rick Smith’s confidence in developing on-0fficer video camera market, presented to delegates at the International Association of Chief’s of Police annual conference. Mr SDmith explains his lower AXON price (down to $300 per unit) reflects TASER’s intent to capture the market: “We’re going […]

CANADA – Calls for ‘cameras on cops’ renewed in latest British Columbia inquest [no reference to tasers in this post] (2013-10-20)

Posted on October 20 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Greg Matters, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, died when he shot – not tasered – in Prince George, British Columbia, by heavily armed members of the RCMP emergency response team sent to arrest him on a charge of assaulting his brother. Like other inquest juries, this one is expected to recommend […]

CANADA – Toronto police mull body-worn video cameras for officers (2013-10-18)

Posted on October 18 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Toronto Police Service is considering outfitting all uniformed officers with body-worn video cameras. following a report sparked in part by allegations of police bias and racial profiling. Equipping all officers with cameras would be a means to provide both the police and the public with better accountability. In recent […]

CANADA – Combine Tasers with cameras for optimal effect (2103-10-17)

Posted on October 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Why are “liberal-minded” citizens reacting so negatively to Ontario plans to allow more front-line police to use tasers? Tasers, ex-Senate chair of the Committee on National Security and Defence says, will be more acceptable if (1) Tasers cannot be activated without audio-video accompaniment, (2) training and recertification standards are improved, and […]

USA – TASER International: TASER Lowers Prices for and AXON Police Cameras (2013-10-03)

Posted on October 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : “Taser specials – for a limited time”. TASER Inc. announces AXON flex system price reduced from $949 to $499 – but it was launched at $299 – and EVIDENCE.COM with a lower price option of $9.95 a month – these prices will last until June 30, 2014 to encourage early adoption. […]

CANADA – Ontario: Police should embrace video, departing watchdog says (2013-10-01)

Posted on October 1 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : There are important limitation of police videos, but … the outgoing Ontario Special Investigations Unit director, Ian Scott, says police should be embracing the concept of video imagery – “lapelcams” and especially all police stun guns should be equipped with “Tasercams”. (He doesn’t directly mention TASER’s AXON system.) “For $400, this […]