Posted by Charbax on 12th July 2007
The Register is reporting that the Plymouth headmounted camera trials using Archos to record from headmounted cameras was successfull.
An evaluation of the pilot run by Devon and Cornwall Constabulary showed that, compared with incidents when the cameras were not used, the body worn video devices led to an increase in the number of convictions of offenders. Their footage provided clear evidence that made it difficult for offenders to deny their involvement, leading to less paperwork for the police, earlier guilty pleas, less time spent in court and an increase in convictions.
For the year long pilot 300 Plymouth police officers were trained to use any of the 50 cameras available during day and night patrols. The evaluation found that violent crime was reduced by 8 per cent in the pilot sectors, compared to a 1 per cent reduction across other sectors. The number of incidents in which people were wounded were reduced by 18 per cent in pilot areas of the city, compared to no change in other areas.
Plymouth police using the new technology increased their detection of violent crime by 40 per cent and arrests for violent crime went up by 85 per cent.
Alongside the Plymouth report, the Home Office has published guidance to standardise police procedures for body worn video devices. The document says that police should tell people they are being recorded and that recordings should not be made of general patrolling duties, unless this is part of a specific operation such as a football match.
Thanks to Archos, and the british love for having security cameras everywhere, crime is going down in the UK.
So now the UK is going to use 3 million pounds to equipe the police nationwide with this system. Is the new 605 WiFi 160GB with battery docks going to be the new pocket video recorder of choice for the UK police? It is 55 grams lighter, 3 millimeters thinner, offers a better screen, and an instant-on OS. I guess that there must be some clever video storage and organisation software that the police might be using with the Archos docked using USB2 to their computer systems, unless they just store all recordings on some hard drives, since basically it is only to be used if the police officer or the judge needs some evidence material from a certain event.