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10 Reasons for Using Body Cameras in Law Enforcement & the Emergency Services

10 Reasons for Using Body Cameras in Law Enforcement & the Emergency Services

  1. Strengthening police accountability by ensuring there is sufficient, reliable and unbiased documentation of any officer/public interactions. 
  2. Preventing confrontational situations due to the 'observer effect', which helps cool down volatile situations where both parties know they are being recorded.
  3. Potential to solve more crimes by reviewing video evidence and finding any missed or hidden details.
  4. Improve transparency by allowing the public to review any footage captured during incidents. 
  5. Allows organisations to identify and correct internal problems in identifying instances of officer misconduct. 
  6. Improve officer performance through the use of body-worn camera footage during training. 
  7. Improves evidence documentation for prosecutions.
  8. Lower incidents of complaints and use of force.
  9. Lower litigation costs due to an increase in admission of guilt. 
  10. Tactical advantages in the sense that cameras can be detached to look around corners/over obstacles or attached to K9 units. 
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