In an effort to use technology as an impartial witness, officers with the Burnsville, Minnesota, Police Department have started wearing body cameras that record everything that happens during a shift. Turns out individuals cited for various violations are less likely to challenge the citation or claim improper officer conduct once they find out there is a recording of the event. To read more, go here.
Comment: For those who were able to hear Dr. Carl Reed's comments during the Twin Cities GECCo, the use of body cameras fits perfectly into the theme of "the responder as a sensor". Furthermore, not noted in the above article, the system deployed by Burnsville allows a supervisor to review movements and location of incidents for all officers on duty during a shift. As this technology matures, look for it to include the ability to send a geospatially-referenced, real-time feed back to a command center.
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