body worn cameraHD Body Worn Cameras – leading company in the delivery of innovative technologies. Our cameras provide cutting edge surveillance. A body-worn camera, or ‘bodycam’, is a recording device typically used by police officers, government operatives, security personnel and traffic wardens. These devices are also often used in covert surveillance operations by private investigators, mystery shoppers and in other undercover operations. Body-worn recording devices are considered essential in a number of sectors – including TV and broadcasting, as well as traffic management and law enforcement – but what many people still don’t know is that they are now being used by police all over the UK in order to better protect both the officers and members of the public. These devices are usually switched on before an officer attends a crime scene or responds to a call. They can be clipped to a police uniform, attached to a vehicle or even used discreetly within a hat, bag or even a pair of glasses. Most police officers have their recording devices on show, on the front of their uniform, so that people know they are being taped. This is usually required for legal reasons (as members of the public have the right to know they are being filmed) but it also helps to protect officers from assault and other violent behaviour. The camera continues recording from the officer’s uniform from a face-on perspective. Due to the fact that these videos could be used in court as evidence, the devices need to be equipped with the latest high definition camera and audio quality. Officers can usually turn and rotate them using a switch they can operate discreetly from their pocket. The footage recorded on these devices is incredibly valuable. Not only does it provide indisputable evidence that can be presented in court, but it also shows an accurate picture of how the officer has responded in a certain situation, and whether correct procedures have been followed. If, for example, an individual who had been in police custody decided to press charges against an officer – because they believed they were mistreated, for example – those judging the case would look to this video evidence to prove or disprove the claim. This is another way that police officers are protected by the technology. Since these cameras were brought in to the police force, there have been higher rates of domestic abuse cases taken to court using video evidence alone. This is because, in some cases, a victim may choose to withdraw their testimony out of fear. However, video evidence is often enough to prosecute the perpetrator of the crime. What’s more, the video evidence recorded on these devices cannot be tampered with. These cameras are manufactured especially for professional, police use, so they are encrypted to stop recordings being deleted or tampered with if the device itself is lost or falls into the wrong hands. Once finished, the recording is sent to a secure control room, where officers can access the files using specialist software. Here, they can save, edit and delete files accordingly, as well as log them as evidence to be used in court. Since these cameras were rolled out, a number of specialist retailers have begun selling them, as well as a range of accessories to accompany them. There are numerous software packs available to those in different sectors, as well as collaborative apps and other technical aids. Officers can buy separate battery packs that allow them to charge their devices on the go, as well as wireless remote controls, clip fasts, high visibility arm bands, mains chargers, and vehicle mounts. High visibility vests and jackets for the devices to clip on to are also available in a choice of many sizes and designs.
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