Body Cameras and the Police

It’s not anything new for police to have some sort of camera recording their, and others’, actions. Heck, there are countless police dash-cam television shows proving this (if you haven’t seen them, look on TruTV). But, get ready for more priceless police/criminal action with the newest in police technology, the body cam!

Soon possibly becoming a standard in police attire, body cams have made an appearance in Rialto, California. Over the past year, Rialto’s 70 man police force has been fitted with small cameras that record their point of view. Since being put into commission by the department, the body cam program (which is showing signs that it’s working) has received international attention.

And why shouldn’t it? This is sort of revolutionary. There’s now a camera hanging around the necks of policemen and women, so of course you’re going to behave yourself a little better. Videos, for the most part, don’t lie. There’s no opinions or points of views, just cold hard facts. It’s something that could completely change how police work is done…

And also how we’re spiraling into a “big brother” dystopian future! Okay, that might be a little sensationalist and maybe this is nowhere near anything like that, but it’s a slippery slope*. These body cameras might bring more accountability to the police and stop criminals from committing worse crimes, but this means that the police are always watching…and recording. Don’t try anything shifty, because it’s being recorded. Which is kind of scary when you think about it, right?

I don’t know. At this point in time, there’s only a selection few police forces that use body cameras and even then, the technology is still probationary. What I’m trying to say is that we should just be aware that this is happening and it should be something that we keep an eye on for the time being. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to grab some popcorn and get ready to watch “Crazy Criminals Caught on Tape 4: Body Cam Edition.”

Source: The Guardian

*I hate that phrase; mostly because anybody who has ever used that phrase has never been right about what that “slope” is leading to.


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