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S.L. Chief pushes technology as step toward transparency

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 14 2012 6:00 a.m. MST

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SillyRabbit
Layton, 00

I think it's a great idea, and the glasses cam in the picture looks to be the Looxcie brand. Not HD quality, but I'd say enough for accountability. Be thankful the PD isn't asking for GoPro camera gear.

TiCon2
Cedar City, UT

Body cameras were just purchased for the Park Service Rangers at Grand Canyon NP. The ones they use, however, are worn on the officer's uniform and record in full HD. New technology is definitely capable of producing better accountability withing law enforcement and should help save thousands in court costs.

handshaker17
Centerville, UT

Do they have to be Oakley's? Really....

Soul
Salt Lake City, UT

I think technology is great BUT it must never be the last word in police work. After all, it is ONLY a tool among many available options. I think that a trial period should be considered to weed out the obvious shortcomings of this continuous surveillance capability. How long does the officer wear this camera during his shift? Who activates the camera "on or off"? What would be considered official recording for the officer versus private conversations? Can the officer delete content? How long will the Police Department be required to keep archived videos and at what cost? What are the benefits versus the downside of the constant surveillance. Are their liabilities or unintended consequences for the non-stop recording? Good luck in balancing this new technology in your daily police works?

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Yes great, but the on/off should be controlled off site by someone besides the officer, as those dash cams seem to malfunction when the officers are in questionable situations.

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