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 …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms