The London Metropolitan Police Service will start wearing AXONbody(TM) video cameras, and the data will be managed by EVIDENCE.com, a business unit of TASER International.
The one-year pilot will be rolled out across nine London boroughs and up to 500 AXON cameras will be deployed.
These small, yet highly visible cameras, powered by a pocketsize battery pack, can attach securely to sunglasses, a cap, a shirt collar, or a head mount and, when recording, capture a wide-angle, full-color view of what an officer is facing. The video automatically uploads to EVIDENCE.com, a web-based computerized storage and management system, where it can be easily accessed for review. An end-user cannot tamper with video files stored online or on AXON video camera systems; files cannot be deleted or altered in any way by the user while on the device.
Police Chief William A. Farrar of Rialto, Calif., conducted a year-long study that investigated whether officers' use of video cameras could bring measurable benefits to relations between police and civilians. The results showed an 88 percent reduction in citizen complaints and a 60 percent reduction in uses of force after implementation of TASER's AXONflex BWV cameras.