How safe is the video and audio from being messed with by police?
With lots of concerns about how do we know what footage police could keep from us/mess with? It's quite an easy answer every encounter both footage and audio is transferred instantly to a hub in the police car which is shared to online database, where only police chiefs and high ranked officers are allowed to view this footage not edit or cut any pieces of evidence out. “The video automatically uploads to a docking station and management system, where it can be easily accessed for review in a cloud of data” (PR Newswire). As explained before the data is safely stored on an online database where no regular police officers are able to delete or edit evidence from recorded encounters. “Videos on the cloud are secure and cannot be edited” (PR Newswire). On this online database once the videos are downloaded to the cloud no options are given for any user to edit any choosen file of evidence making it also even more secure than classic police files.
What are some other big benefits to these body cameras?
As well as the basic advantages cameras have some hidden or unusual pros are also important for police work. The camera's effect way officers act, as well as civilians, “Officers not wearing cameras were twice as likely to use force in situations, because of no reason to think about their actions beyond a basic level. There is no camera watching them or fear for mistakes” (Tsin). If you are being recorded are you not more likely to careful with your actions not to dig a deeper hole for yourself in that encounter. After a study has shown that basic encounters with civilians police have had an easier time, less likely to resort to force or even without getting upset at civilians. Second as well as active stops and police work the camera also helps capture events as they already have taken place,“Helps secure difficult crime scenes, if family members or friends see a loved one in the crime scene they might want to go and see them. If a police officer has a camera it might help keep emotions down in crowds” (Tsin). Police showing up to a crime scene may not remember every detail and specific important things in crime scenes giving police unlimited times to review footage and gather information about a killer, thief, etc. Also with a crime scene usually involving a dead person(s) it could be emotional for family, friends, acquaintance, etc. the police having the camera could give them an ability to suppress the family, friends, or acquaintance from acting irrationally if they know a officer(s) have them on camera.