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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Arkansas's Benton Police Department Reports High Satisfaction with Body Camera Deployment

BENTON, Ark., April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Benton Police Department, located outside of Little Rock, AR reports highly satisfactory results with their deployment of 68 BodyWorn™ police cameras and 49 Rocket IoT™ in-car video communications systems by police software and technology vendor Utility, Inc. The complete evidence management system provides police departments across the country with enhanced efficiency and cost savings while optimizing transparency and accountability between police officers and the communities they serve.

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Kissimmee approves deal for high-tech body cameras for officers

The Kissimmee Police Department is joining the growing list of Central Florida law enforcement agencies to equip its officers with body cameras.

But the department’s new cameras are unlike others in use across the region and are cheaper, too.

The high-tech gear from Body Worn, a Georgia-based company, comes with a number of advanced features that other departments in Central Florida don’t have. The $524,000 expense over a five-year span for 80 cameras was approved by the city council in February.

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Lawrence Police Department implements body cameras, 'game changer' on the streets

LAWRENCE, Ind. - Lawrence Police Chief Dave Hofmann calls the deployment of a body camera system among his 44 sworn police officers “a game changer."

He expects to see them become standard equipment not only throughout central Indiana, but across American law enforcement in the next five years.

“This is, in my opinion, the highest most amazing technology that’s available on the market,” he said.

Since its limited roll out late last summer, every officer is assigned an integrated three-camera system which includes not only a body camera, but also two units in each marked patrol car, one pointing forward out the front windshield and the other trained on the back seat.

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Police body cameras part of Dothan's new integrated system

When Sgt. David Schwab talks about the Dothan Police Department’s new integrated camera system, he uses terms like “functionality” and “user friendliness.”

“What this system is going to do is it’s going to effectively replace what we have currently,” the supervisor of the department’s technical services division said. “It’s light-years ahead of where we are.”

The department is transitioning from just in-car cameras to a linked system that includes in-car and body-worn cameras.

“It’s not like we’re just adding body cameras,” Schwab said. “We’re actually replacing all the hardware that we have that’s 20-plus years old that’s in the cars right now.”

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