Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Camera Force

Video Cameras Change Police Habits

Even AOL is now showing stories that tell about the value of cameras in investigations of police misconduct. Police have to remember that cameras are everywhere and their actions are probably being filmed. On patrol, stop at a corner. Look around. How many cameras do you see there?

A red light traffic camera, a traffic flow camera, an ATM camera, a business or home security camera, even the camera in your police car may all be at any given corner. Think about how you make an arrest or defend yourself. How does it look not only in person, but on camera too? How does it look to a camera from above?

There are several ways to prevent getting into trouble with cameras. The most obvious is to take proper enforcement action. Don't think that your criminal actions can hide behind a badge. The next most important thing is to use enough force if you need to use force. A few swift hard strikes with the baton looks better than a large number of hits with limited force. A short Taser hit is much better than wrestling around with some suspect. Think about what you do and how it looks, that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

I think it's very sad that criminals are given every right and benifit of the doubt but Cops are always assumed to be bad unless we have video showing that we did it right.

Bunkermeister said...

Too often that is the case.