Reaction Blog: Body Cameras on Police are Essential Today
With the recent announcement of funding by the U.S. government for body cameras on police officers and training, the White House is showing that the recent events that have unfolded in Ferguson have sparked some form of change.
Regardless of how the change came about, this is an obvious and easy step in the right direction.
We now live in the information age, where having the best information (not necessarily the most) is a clear-cut advantage. With body cameras, law enforcement now has the information they need to address situations such as the death of Michael Brown.
With the cameras in place, the public can now hold police accountable for their actions, while officers can defend themselves with hard evidence. Eyewitnesses, no matter how clear in their version of the story, bring differing amounts of social and political bias to every case. These cameras could ideally eliminate that from each situation.
The cameras also create a new breakthrough for the security industry; something many of you reading this will surely be interested in. Although body cameras as a security tool may not be new to some industries, if they become the standard for police departments around the country it could really bring an influx of development and innovation to the forefront.
Better security, more transparency and the potential for a new revenue stream; it’s hard to find faults with the rise in popularity of body cameras.
Posted by Matt Holden on Dec 03, 2014