Torrance police deploying body-worn and in-vehicle cameras after two years of testing

Hoping to provide more transparency and safety, the Torrance Police Department has become the latest agency in Southern California to outfit its officers with body-worn cameras.

In addition, 50 vehicles in the force, including patrol and traffic black-and-whites and motorcycles, will be equipped with mobile cameras.

The cameras are coming after two years of testing and evaluation, Sgt. Ronald Harris said. Most of the officers have their body-worn cameras, while the agency is still outfitting the vehicles.

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GPD officers to get new body cameras

Gainesville police officers will be equipped with new body cameras next year.

Gainesville City Council members authorized City Manager Barry Sullivan to enter into a 5-year contract with Utility Associates, Inc. to provide mobile video recording equipment, body-worn cameras and a cloud-based digital evidence management system for the Gainesville Police Department.

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Arlington Police Launch Advanced Body Camera Program

Beginning this week, the Arlington Police Department will begin issuing body cameras to all sworn officers, sergeants and lieutenants.

The cameras, a product named Bodyworn manufactured by Utility Associates of Decatur, Georgia, will be on some uniforms and in the field as soon as this week.

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Don't lose focus - DeKalb orders 200 high-tech body cams

Each officer and detective in the DeKalb County Police Department (DKPD) will be fitted with state-of-the-art equipment after DeKalb officials approved the purchase of approximately 200 body cameras.

According to DKPD Police Chief James Conroy, the purchase will allow the department to provide all officers and detectives body cameras. 

"I'm excited about these cameras," Conroy said. "They're scalable, they're upgradable and the company we purchase from is a DeKalb County company and they like to keep us happy. We like to be guinea pigs for some of the new technology they're testing."

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NEW WLPD BODY-CAMS A 'GAME CHANGER,' CHIEF SAYS

The West Lafayette Police Department is one of the first in the state to use cell-phone-based body cameras. Chief Jason Dombkowski is calling the program a game changer. The department started using the new 'BodyWorn' technology late last week. Officers no longer have to remember to press record in the field.

 

 

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Homeland Security Conference Opens with Call for Greater Intel Cooperation, New Technologies

If there was one overarching theme at the 12th annual Homeland Security Week conference opening session Wednesday, it was an examination of how intelligence agencies and police departments are expanding the ways they gather intelligence and collaborate...

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Chris Lindenau, chief revenue officer at BodyWorn, said one of the issues with body cameras is that when police officers are in a threatening situation, they don’t always remember or think about turning on their cameras.

One idea might be to equip officers’ holsters with an electronic device that would automatically turn on the camera as soon as the gun was drawn. “That would only catch maybe half of the incident,” Lindenau said, because it would not show what happened earlier to cause the officer to draw a weapon. “A better solution – and we’re working on it – would be an audio trigger that would turn on the camera at the first sound of a gunshot.”

 

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Utility, Inc. collaborates with Sony at IACP

Utility, Inc. announced today that they are in collaboration with Sony to develop Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) application with Sony's heightened video recognition technology, which is an add-on to existing Rocket IoT Vehicle video systems.  

It will intelligently recognize vehicle design, catalog last known locations, and tag license plate information to recorded videos collected by the Utility Rocket IoT in-car video system at a fraction of the cost of conventional ALPR systems.

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How Lawrence PD’s cloud-based body-worn camera program reflects changes in law enforcement in America

Deputy Chief Gary Woodruff discusses how the future of policing will rely upon cameras, video and data management in the cloud

The Lawrence, Indiana Police Department’s body-worn camera program, which recently won the Amazon Web Services City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, is an example of how technology can bolster the effectiveness of a police force. The city’s cloud-based body-worn camera program has allowed Lawrence PD to improve efficiency as well as better serve its citizens. It also reflects a changed landscape in American policing as departments move toward digital evidence collection and storage and deal with the issues involved in that shift.

Deputy Chief Gary Woodruff sees body-worn camera programs as inevitable and believes that in two to five years, body-worn cameras will be as universal as the badge, uniform, or gun.

 

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Colorado Springs police body cams capture thousands of interactions every week, officials say

Criminals are having a harder time hiding from justice now that Colorado Springs police have tiny cameras watching and recording them.

In the Colorado Springs Police Department's first year using body-worn cameras, the department has received fewer citizen complaints, internal affairs investigations are being resolved more quickly, and county prosecutors are getting convictions that before might have fallen flat, officials touted during a news conference Friday.

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Utility Associates' BodyWorn™ Police Body Cameras Backed by Investment from Hicks

Utility Associates, Inc. announces a significant investment from Dallas-based Hicks Holdings, LLC, to support the expansion of its BodyWorn™ product and position the company for growth within the first responder industry. BodyWorn is the only smart solution that incorporates GPS, motion sensors, real-time communications, live video streaming and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to meet the ever-evolving needs of law enforcement.

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Mississippi law enforcement departments continue selecting BodyWorn

DECATUR, Ga.— Utility, Inc. announced today that the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and Pascagoula Police Department in Mississippi have selected BodyWorn™ police cameras and Rocket IoT™ in-car video recording and communications systems. These departments join the Biloxi Police Department, Gulfport Police Department, Long Beach Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff's Office and Clinton Police Department in deploying smart BodyWorn cameras and Rocket IoT systems.

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Arlington City Council approves 350 body-worn cameras for police officers

Arlington police soon will join other departments around the country that have deployed body cameras to record interactions with the public.

But you might not notice the devices.

The City Council on Tuesday approved a three-year, $1.47 million contract for 350 miniature cameras that will be embedded in police uniforms, revealing only a quarter-size lens opening and appearing roughly in the center of the chest.

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