By Tom Knighton
One real problem in many departments is knowing just what happens when an officer draws his weapon. While YouTube is full of dash camera footage of police encounters, much more take place away from the dash cam’s view. That creates a problem for investigators who are looking to find out just what happened.
Many departments are taking advantage of newer technology as a way to protect not just the public, but the officers.
For one police department in northern Arizona, that means gun cameras.
Williams Police Department is currently participating in the Viridian Weapon Technologies Law Enforcement pilot program.
The program utilizes a camera mounted on a gun and aims to provide more evidence in the event of an officer involved shooting.
“There’s nothing more transparent than a camera on a gun,” said Lt. Darrell Hixson of the Williams Police Department.
The department has been using the guns for the last few weeks but it is not yet clear whether they will permanently adopt the program.
The camera mount has a secured storage system that can only be off-loaded through a USB cable, ensuring that only the proper officials will be able to access the video.
It also has a flashlight and starts recording immediately when removed from the holster.
The department has been deploying them for a few weeks in what sounds like a trial basis. There’s no word as to whether the department will formally adopt the cameras at this time.
It’s entirely likely that many officers are less than thrilled about more cameras recording their interactions with the public, and I understand that. As it is, their entire job involves being under a microscope. Any mistake has the potential to blow up into front page news, and I think they all know it. Why would they want a camera that puts them under that Click to see the original article