Benefits of Police Body and Dash Cameras

Body and dash-mounted cameras

In the past few years, police have been scrutinized much more than before. They are now required to wear body cameras to have proof of how they interact with the public. Supporters say these devices are needed to provide transparency, build public trust and provide evidence against false complaints. Local law enforcement remains divided over the use of such technology. In a recent Pew Research Center survey, 50% of officers said that body cameras would make police more likely to act appropriately.

In 2000, only 3,400 (11%) of state police and highway patrol vehicles had in car cameras. Today it is estimated that about 72% of all state patrol vehicles utilize in car video systems. Police body camera statistics reveal some positive and negative results because of the recent scrutiny of police. In a recent Pew Research Center survey of 8,000 police officers, 93% said that they have become more concerned about the dangers of the job.

As of March 2015, about one out of three of the 18,000 police departments in the U.S. were using body cameras. An evaluation of body cameras in the Rialto, California Police Department reported a 60% drop in use of force by officers. A 2015 study showed that police officers wearing cameras were 25.2% more likely to consider the devices helpful during interactions with the public. In a recent Pew Research Center survey, 52% of police department administrators said that police body cameras would make the public more likely to cooperate with officers.

According to a recent study, police body camera statistics revealed that police equipped with body cameras receive 93% fewer complaints from the public. A recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that 66% of officers and 93% of the public favor the use of body cameras by officers to record interactions with citizens.

Some companies offer an in car police digital video camera for lower budget departments that record both video and audio (think local police versus state police). The global dashboard camera market, in terms of revenue, was valued at US$1,458.2 million in 2013 and is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.3% during the period from 2014 to 2020.

Police body camera statistics so far have improved trust between police and the public. The next trend may be body cameras for civilians or an in car video system. How to keep these amenities affordable is a big concern for police departments and the public.

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