Sep 8th 2014 | Posted in Public Safety, Technology, Trends by Kirk Yoshida

Police departments across the country are implementing body worn camera (BMC) technology to record police interactions with the public. The camera systems, which are currently being used at approximately 1,000 police departments,  are used to collect evidence and may also reduce officers’ use of force as well as citizen complaints.

The cameras typically cost between $500 to $1000 per unit and are small enough to fit on an officers collar, vest or eyewear. The technology has been deployed in municipalities such as Atlantic City, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, and Seattle and, its use is expected to grow over the next few years. For example, the City of Houston issued a Request for Information (RFI) earlier this year to plan for a future procurement.

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Kirk Yoshida

Kirk Yoshida is Director of Information Services at Strategic Partnerships, Inc. He has more than a dozen years of experience researching public sector trends and opportunities with a specific emphasis on local government and public-private partnerships.