On-Officer Recording Systems - Body Cams For Police Officers
A militarized police force is a fear many of us have, especially after all of the bad media the police have gotten lately in light of the Baltimore riots, the Ferguson horrors, and so many other stories we hear of police brutality and civil rights violations.
In light of the awful stories circulation, President Obama is working toward a legislation package that would send another $263 million to American police forces, but the funding would be used for body cams and monitoring systems in an effort to cut back on brutality incidents, and hold accountable those who do use excessive force.
- The package would be implemented over a 3-year period, with the hopes of supplying cameras to over 50,000 police officers during that time.
- President Obama has also assembled a task force to study success stories of police monitoring, and offer suggestions for the how the government can support transparency and accountability of our public servants.
- Senator Hillary Clinton is offering her support to the legislation, also offering reform suggestions to our criminal justice system, as well as alternatives to mass incarceration.
The types of cameras being proposed are known as “On-officer recording systems”, and are palm sized devices that can either clip to an officer’s uniform or be worn as a headset. Recent surveys were conducted and showed that around 25% of the nation’s 17,000 police forces are already utilizing these cameras. So even though the purchase of 50,000 cameras may not seem like a lot, that’s multiple cameras provided to every agency, and it’s a much better place to be than where we are now.
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