All the buzz in the media centered around the Ferguson, Missouri shooting last summer of teenager Michael Brown has prompted all police shootings to come under scrutiny as of late. Sad to say, but if we can’t trust the police, who should we trust? Yes, just like in any profession there can be “bad” people who slip through the cracks and are permitted to be police officers, teachers, nurses, even doctors, but how much restriction is too much to put on professionals in public service?
There’s a startup company called Yardarm that has developed a sensor that fits at the base of a police officer’s Glock sidearm. The sensor records each time the gun is fired in addition to location, direction of weapon when fired and exactly when the gun was taken out of its holster. This data is encrypted and wirelessly sent to a mobile app in real time, in which other officers and commanders can access the information to determine if the officer is in trouble and needs assistance.
I see the good in this sensor for the reason of assisting officers who need help; however, the data is limited and doesn’t record answers to key questions such as what happened before the gun was removed from its holster, why the gun was drawn in the first place and whether an attempt to de-escalate the situation was tried before resulting to possible deadly force.
So far, the Sheriff’s Department of Santa Cruz, Calif. and the Carrollton, Texas Police Department have begun field trails of this technology.
So, readers, what do you think? Should this sensor be a must-have for all police departments or would it restrict officers too much?
Do you think requiring this sensor could lead to officers second guessing themselves in dangerous situations, perhaps allowing themselves bodily injury for worry of being reprimanded for using their gun?
As always, I’m ready to talk, and I look forward to all your reactions, thoughts and opinions.
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