As a solution to ensure that body cameras are used correctly, body camera companies have made their products easy to use, and police departments have come up with special ways to ensure correct use. Taser International, the most popular body camera producer, is aware that there might be a problem with the proper use of their body cameras. Taser International has implemented a large button in the center of the device that activates the camera which then records video and audio when it is pressed twice (“Implementing police body cameras remains work in progress”). This development is very useful to the police officers that have it equipped. While the police officers are in a stressful or intense situation, they can easily press the large button twice in order to start recording the scene. For future regulations, the police departments can possibly train their officers easily because of the simplicity of the device. However, a problem among police departments is that the activation of the camera is not done one hundred percent of the time. A popular local solution to this, that many police departments have thought of, is to rig it up with the officer’s tool belt. It is an idea to have a sort of setup with the tool belt that activates the body camera if either the gun or the taser is pulled from its socket (“San Diego Police Must Rebuild Public Trust ASAP). This addition is great to the future of efficient usage of the body cameras. This setup can greatly help in interactions because If the officer were to forget due to the intensity he/she may be in, the camera would already be activated. Even as possible problems with correct usage of the camera, they have been addressed properly by body camera companies and local police departments.
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