Cameras on pocket badges?

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Cameras on pocket badges?

Post by colin » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:55 am

Hi all.

I was pulled over for a license check this morning, and I think the officer was wearing a camera clipped to his shirt. Is this correct, or am I imagining things? What I saw was black, and about the same size as a name badge, with the camera at the right as I was looking at it.


If so, how do they work? Do they store the data on the officer for later download, or does it communicate with the car?

Sounds like the perfect defense or follow-up for youtube postings.

Also was interesting to hear the other office sound disappointed when he caught someone speeding.

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Post by yorky » Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:48 pm

Was it a normal'ish car or one of those fan dangled new advanced traffic cars? I recall a while ago cameras were going to be trialled but I can't remember if it was personal camera's or Tazer cameras.
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Post by Nafenn » Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:07 am

Never seen cops wear them, but some of the security officers wear cameras just like you described so that there is a record incase anything happens.
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Re: Cameras on pocket badges?

Post by colin » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:36 am

yorky wrote:Was it a normal'ish car or one of those fan dangled new advanced traffic cars? I recall a while ago cameras were going to be trialled but I can't remember if it was personal camera's or Tazer cameras.
Sorry for the late reply.
I was so distracted by the badge I paid no attention to the car.

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Re: Cameras on pocket badges?

Post by nachoman » Sun May 01, 2016 1:09 pm

As seen on WA Police facebook:
WA Police has confirmed officers in Perth and Bunbury will be the first to trial the use of body-worn video (BWV) cameras from this month.
Training has begun in Bunbury, with the cameras to be worn in public from tomorrow as part of a WA Police trial coordinated by the Evidence Based Policing team.
Officers in Perth will start training with the cameras from the middle of May, coming into operation in June.
Deputy Commissioner (Operations) Stephen Brown said it will be compulsory for officers issued with cameras to use them as part of standard deployment through the trial.
“The cameras are high visibility, with a standard script for officers to inform members of the public they are being filmed,” he said.
“The cameras will only be worn on selected days in keeping with the trial design. The outcomes for days when the cameras are worn will be compared to days when the cameras are not worn, to allow the strongest scientific grounds for concluding that the different outcomes are caused by the presence of the cameras.”
WA Police has reached an agreement with Taser International in partnership with Breon Defence systems to supply the cameras for the trial.
“We’ll be using two separate devices, the Axon Flex and the Axon Body 2 cameras,” DC Brown explained.
“The Axon Flex features a lightweight, point-of-view camera, mounted on the frame of glasses with removable lenses.”
“We think our officers will be very keen to use these cameras, particularly given the benefits demonstrated in other jurisdictions over the past decade.”
WA Police wants to test BWV in a West Australian setting to determine if similar benefits can be achieved. The intent is to establish evidence on whether BWV can produce the following outcomes:
•Increase early guilty pleas
•Provide frontline efficiencies in records of interview
•Reduce the need for Use of Force by police officers
•Reduce complaints/false reports against the police
•Reduce assaults against police
•Reduce fear of crime in local communities and increase public reassurance
•Improve police legitimacy
•Improve behaviours for police and the community
Officers from Regional Operations Group and Mounted Unit who regularly attend night operations in Northbridge will also be issued with cameras as part of the trial in Perth. In all, approximately 300 devices have been procured for the trial, which will run for six months.

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