Smile! Get Ready for Tiny Police Uniform Cameras

Uniform Police CameraVia NPR:

The next time you talk to a police officer, you might find yourself staring into a lens. Companies such as Taser and Vievu are making small, durable cameras designed to be worn on police officer’s uniforms. The idea is to capture video from the officer’s point of view, for use as evidence against suspects, as well as to help monitor officers’ behavior toward the public.

The concept is catching on. The cameras have been adopted by big city police departments, such as Cincinnati and Oakland, Calif., as well as dozens of smaller cities, such as Bainbridge Island, Wash., where the Vievu camera was initially tested by Officer Ben Sias.

“The only thing that really was different about doing business is that I’d tell the person that we’re being recorded,” Sias says. He sees the camera as a kind of insurance policy.

“In this job, we’re frequently accused of things we haven’t done, or things were kind of embellished, as far as contact,” he says. “And the cameras show a pretty unbiased opinion of what actually did happen.” That makes the cameras particularly appealing in cities where the police have been accused of misconduct.

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51 Comments on "Smile! Get Ready for Tiny Police Uniform Cameras"

  1. Aram Jahn | Nov 9, 2011 at 7:20 am |

    “The idea is to capture video from the officer’s point of view, for use as evidence against suspects, as well as to help monitor officers’ behavior toward the public[…] The cameras have been adopted by big city police departments, such as Cincinnati and Oakland, Calif…”
    Skip to early November, in Oakland, the scene tense, in an alley. A phalanx of police stares at a few protesters…aaaaand….ACTION!:
    “Hmm. This guy with a camera is pissing me off, better turn this thing off first…BLAM! I got him!”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDMUtcvXN5Y
    I have a strong feeling these cameras will serve more of a one-way purpose.

  2. Aram Jahn | Nov 9, 2011 at 3:20 am |

    “The idea is to capture video from the officer’s point of view, for use as evidence against suspects, as well as to help monitor officers’ behavior toward the public[…] The cameras have been adopted by big city police departments, such as Cincinnati and Oakland, Calif…”
    Skip to early November, in Oakland, the scene tense, in an alley. A phalanx of police stares at a few protesters…aaaaand….ACTION!:
    “Hmm. This guy with a camera is pissing me off, better turn this thing off first…BLAM! I got him!”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDMUtcvXN5Y
    I have a strong feeling these cameras will serve more of a one-way purpose.

    • Just watched the clip, that’s fucked up man.

      Heres hoping for a revolution that sees police running for their lifes

  3. I want one.

    We should all want one.

  4. I want one.

    We should all want one.

    • Jin The Ninja | Nov 9, 2011 at 4:31 am |

      oh great, yet another method to track and follow us- and allow us to indulge in even MORE excercises in narcissism a la twitter/fb…

  5. Anonymous | Nov 9, 2011 at 7:34 am |

    “for use as evidence against suspects, as well as to help monitor officers’ behavior toward the public.”
    I believe in a motivated and just Cop, as I was a motivated and just Soldier.

    Pay attention to that last part.

    Problem is, it rarely works out to the advantage of anyone but the guy in uniform.

  6. Redacted | Nov 9, 2011 at 3:34 am |

    “for use as evidence against suspects, as well as to help monitor officers’ behavior toward the public.”
    I believe in a motivated and just Cop, as I was a motivated and just Soldier.

    Pay attention to that last part.

    Problem is, it rarely works out to the advantage of anyone but the guy in uniform.

  7. And yet, when people do it, they get arrested.

  8. And yet, when people do it, they get arrested.

    • that’s what I was going to say!  If you have your phone out and are recording, and tell them your recording them, they take the phone from you, and when you get it back, all evidence is wiped.

    • They should *have* to wear them, and the video feed should be stored by a third party where it can be freely accessed by anyone involved in the incident. 

  9. Anonymous | Nov 9, 2011 at 8:31 am |

    oh great, yet another method to track and follow us- and allow us to indulge in even MORE excercises in narcissism a la twitter/fb…

  10. This may actually backfire on them.
    If it captures sound as well as images
    it will be real hard for them to F with you
    and should make planting evidence more difficult for awhile.

    They also oughta GPS the suckers too
    and tap their phones and read their email while we’re at it. 

    What goes around comes around.

  11. BuzzCoastin | Nov 9, 2011 at 6:02 am |

    This may actually backfire on them.
    If it captures sound as well as images
    it will be real hard for them to F with you
    and should make planting evidence more difficult for awhile.

    They also oughta GPS the suckers too
    and tap their phones and read their email while we’re at it. 

    What goes around comes around.

    • Mediastorm | Nov 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm |

      Come on people…. it won’t backfire on them.  Because even if these things are live video.  live feed can easily be edited.  Everything else is done via shady post production work.  Hell the media does it every minute

  12. NarwhalNecropsy | Nov 9, 2011 at 10:25 am |

    I can see it already…

    Oops, I guess my camera is “not working” right now. Where were we? Ah, yes, your rights…

  13. NarwhalNecropsy | Nov 9, 2011 at 6:25 am |

    I can see it already…

    Oops, I guess my camera is “not working” right now. Where were we? Ah, yes, your rights…

  14. Anonymous | Nov 9, 2011 at 11:24 am |

     This Camera is useful for Identify the criminal in which Involve in the crime case and other Incident.Police can use this Camera easily to identify the criminal.
    http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/m5orz/tigerdirect_coupon_codes/

  15. Will these cameras also be used to store biometric facial information?

  16. Will these cameras also be used to store biometric facial information?

  17. At least now it’ll be caught two cameras when they beat, pepper spray, tazer, or arrest someone for taking photos or videos of the police themselves

  18. At least now it’ll be caught two cameras when they beat, pepper spray, tazer, or arrest someone for taking photos or videos of the police themselves

  19. Singularitarian | Nov 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm |

    I foresee a time in the not-too-distant future when everyone will have this sort of technology. Eventually, these recording devices will be embedded in glasses and then in contact lenses and everything that everyone does will be recorded at all times. This could be a good thing in certain situations: a cop beating up a civilian caught on tape from multiple angles would be much harder to discount. Then again, by the time this sort of technology is widely available, I imagine we will also be able to alter the recordings in ways that will be virtually undetectable.

    In other words, anyone holding a grudge against anyone else will be able to manipulate recorded data in an attempt to frame them for this, that, and the other. We already have people killing their spouses for having destroyed their Star Wars action figures and attacking each other for not sharing potato salad (and yes, these are both real cases) so just imagine how petty and insignificant people are gonna be when they get their hands on this level of technology. Things are going to get rather interesting…

  20. Singularitarian | Nov 9, 2011 at 11:38 am |

    I foresee a time in the not-too-distant future when everyone will have this sort of technology. Eventually, these recording devices will be embedded in glasses and then in contact lenses and everything that everyone does will be recorded at all times. This could be a good thing in certain situations: a cop beating up a civilian caught on tape from multiple angles would be much harder to discount. Then again, by the time this sort of technology is widely available, I imagine we will also be able to alter the recordings in ways that will be virtually undetectable.

    In other words, anyone holding a grudge against anyone else will be able to manipulate recorded data in an attempt to frame them for this, that, and the other. We already have people killing their spouses for having destroyed their Star Wars action figures and attacking each other for not sharing potato salad (and yes, these are both real cases) so just imagine how petty and insignificant people are gonna be when they get their hands on this level of technology. Things are going to get rather interesting…

    • Robert Heinlein: An armed society is a polite society.

      Modified: A society under surveillance is a polite society.

      Never mind.

      Back to Heinlein: Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal.

  21. Innovations necessitated:

    Programmable nanoscale makeup transforming your face into a metamorphic ever changing visage as needed.

    Micro crystalline reflective makeup/coating when hit by light sensors of camera reflects brilliant glowing facial surface without detail.

  22. Innovations necessitated:

    Programmable nanoscale makeup transforming your face into a metamorphic ever changing visage as needed.

    Micro crystalline reflective makeup/coating when hit by light sensors of camera reflects brilliant glowing facial surface without detail.

  23. Robert Heinlein: An armed society is a polite society.

    Modified: A society under surveillance is a polite society.

    Never mind.

    Back to Heinlein: Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal.

  24. that’s what I was going to say!  If you have your phone out and are recording, and tell them your recording them, they take the phone from you, and when you get it back, all evidence is wiped.

  25. 1984!

  26. You realize that the cop will just turn it off before beating you right? And that you as a civilian will NEVER have access to the video even if it is recording. This is to catch YOU, not THEM.

  27. 1984!

  28. You realize that the cop will just turn it off before beating you right? And that you as a civilian will NEVER have access to the video even if it is recording. This is to catch YOU, not THEM.

  29. Shouldnt the cameras be facing towards the police?

  30. Shouldnt the cameras be facing towards the police?

  31. Mediastorm | Nov 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm |

    Come on people…. it won’t backfire on them.  Because even if these things are live video.  live feed can easily be edited.  Everything else is done via shady post production work.  Hell the media does it every minute

  32. Mediastorm | Nov 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm |

    Come on people…. it won’t backfire on them.  Because even if these things are live video.  live feed can easily be edited.  Everything else is done via shady post production work.  Hell the media does it every minute

  33. laughing stock | Nov 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm |

    look at the pixels totally shopped

  34. laughing stock | Nov 9, 2011 at 11:15 pm |

    smile tiny police with uniform cameras

  35. laughing stock | Nov 9, 2011 at 11:15 pm |

    smile tiny police with uniform cameras

  36. laughing stock | Nov 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm |

    smile tiny police with uniform cameras

  37. Anonymous | Nov 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm |

    Just watched the clip, that’s fucked up man.

    Heres hoping for a revolution that sees police running for their lifes

  38. Anonymous | Nov 10, 2011 at 1:02 am |

    Of course everyone knows the cameras will be turned off of the video recording lost when they want to cover their ass but and there is a big but, are half way good defence lawyers is going to put up a big fight with question of doubt about the reliability of officer’s testimony when valuable evidence was failed to be taken or lost.

  39. Of course everyone knows the cameras will be turned off of the video recording lost when they want to cover their ass but and there is a big but, are half way good defence lawyers is going to put up a big fight with question of doubt about the reliability of officer’s testimony when valuable evidence was failed to be taken or lost.

  40. They should *have* to wear them, and the video feed should be stored by a third party where it can be freely accessed by anyone involved in the incident. 

  41. Who watches the watchmen?

  42. Who watches the watchmen?

  43. I’d like to point out to everyone that this kind of tech already exists for those of us at street level.  Just check Amazon’s listings.  The Looxie was just the beginning.

  44. I’d like to point out to everyone that this kind of tech already exists for those of us at street level.  Just check Amazon’s listings.  The Looxie was just the beginning.

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