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There are many benefits to police wearing body cameras, such as protection from false allegations, reduction in complaints and liability, and evidence for court. One of the improvements they are looking for is designed to improve officer safety and effectiveness. These cameras stay with the police officer throughout the process, and they can be attached to the shirt, helmet, glasses, and more. 

How to Improve Body-Worn Cameras

Police officers say that body-worn cameras can provide an alternative to the in-car systems that are expensive and out of the budget for some departments. However, they want to add technology to make sure that police officers are safe. In fact, the current body cameras are limited in terms of what they can do. 

San Mateo

San Mateo has a population of 98,000, and it is located near Silicon Valley. There are 100 police officers, and they have access to technology because they are near a lot of tech companies. They have been able to test new technology, including a Wi-Fi network that gives police officers access to law enforcement databases through their wireless broadband. 

They have tested body-worn cameras and found that they are not ready in terms of technology for their police. The cameras needed to do a better job of showing the whole picture, which is only the case when they are worn on a helmet. 

Future Technology for Body-Worn Cameras

They do use vehicle camera systems that can recognize license plates. They believe that they will use cameras with facial recognition software to help find people who may have stolen cars. They are also looking at the potential for voice stress analysis software to be built into a body worn camera. 

Currently, the battery life is a challenge, and they hope to improve that. They need more battery to follow a suspect’s movements, but they need the battery to remain small. They have discussed it with the law enforcement technology institute, and the tech is emerging. They are trying to address the challenges set forth by the police.