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Novato Police to Be Outfitted with Body Worn Cameras
March 26 2014, Novato Patch
Novato police are joining the ranks of officers who will be wearing body cameras. The Novato City Council last week approved the purchase of 45 body worn cameras that will be deployed within the patrol division and the Novato Response Team., Lt. Jennifer Welch said. Officers in the traffic section have been wearing the cameras for the past several years. Now, the cameras will be used department wide, the lieutenant said. Read full article
Ex Cop: Everyone Behaves Better When They’re on Video
March 25, 2014, Reason.tv
Civilians shoot and upload police encounters to the Internet everyday using tiny cameras on their cell phones and other mobile devices. In fact it may be easier than ever to keep the police accountable with the technology we all carry around in our pockets. But police are looking to keep civilians accountable too by wearing cameras of their own. Reason TV sat down with former Seattle Police officer Steve Ward, who left the force to start Vievu, a company that makes body cameras for police officers.
Fairfield police using new body worn video camera system
February 18, 2014, The Reporter
The Fairfield Police Department has added a new tool to it’s patrol, traffic and special operations teams’ tool box.
The department is now utilizing VIEVU Body Worn Video Cameras. The camera is a secure, high-resolution video camera, which is approximately the size of a pager that records both audio and video. The department has more than 100 officers in its patrol division, traffic unit and special operations team using the cameras and globally the cameras are used by more than 3,000 law enforcement agencies in more than 15 countries.
“The Fairfield Police Department’s use of Body Worn Video Camera technology will provide value in enhancing officer safety, reduction of liability, assist with prosecution and case resolution, and further promote professionalism and accountability,” a press release announcing the camera use notes.
VIEVU adds high-definition capability to wearable law-enforcement camera
January 16, 2014, Urgent Communications
Seattle-based VIEVU this week announced the LE3, the latest iteration of the company’s wearable camera for law enforcement. Several new capabilities were added, most notably the ability to operate in both high-definition and standard-definition modes. The company accomplished this by moving to the H.264 compression scheme and by quadrupling the camera’s internal memory, from 4 GB to 16 GB.
VIEVU also decided to alter the camera’s lens and consulted with a forensic evidence expert who guided the engineering process, said Steve Lovell, the company’s vice president. “We wanted to produce the best forensic video on the market,” Lovell said. “We decided on what’s called a flat image, which means that there’s no distortion because of the field of view. It turned out that ideal field of view is between 65-70 degrees, so we designed our lens with a 68-degree field of view. Read full article
Q&A: Deputy Chief Andrew Acord on Dallas officers’ planned shift to wearing uniform cams
January 11, 2014, Dallas Morning News
The department moved forward with the camera program after a surveillance video captured an officer shooting a mentally ill man, who had a knife, while the man was standing still with his arms at his side.
During a news conference announcing the firing of the officer in October, Chief David Brown called uniform-worn cameras “the future of law enforcement.” Read full article
VIEVU Announces LE3, Its First HD Wearable Camera for Cops, Security and Law Enforcement Industry
January 6, 2014, GlobeNewswire
VIEVU the industry leader in body worn video (BWV) today announced availability of its LE3, a major upgrade to the company’s industry-leading wearable. The LE3 is a highly secure HD video camera designed for law enforcement’s usability and evidence standards. VIEVU will showcase LE3 and its recently launched “prosumer” camera VIEVU2 at CES 2014, January 6-9th, Booth 80228.
VIEVU wearable cameras for police, private security and corporate applications, boast an 80 percent market share and is used by more than 3,100 agencies in 16 countries. Read full article