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Does your Department USE Dash Cams?

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I am wondering which Police Departments have, and use Dash Cams in their cruisers, and what your thoughts are about them.
 

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Like anything it has it's pro's and con's. It definetly has the potential to save your 6 when something happens, or you're accused of something.
 

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My division is the test division for our city. I also used them about ten years ago. I personally think they are a good thing.
They're good for court, training, and resolving personnel complaints.

Get in a good pursuit and bring a video tape of it to court and you've got close to a slam dunk case.

If something goes down, you can watch the tape and hopefully be able to see some learning points. This is especially good for FTO's working with new officers.

Have a citizen make a false complaint against you and if it's on tape, (whether it be video or audio) you're more likely to be exonerated.

I would recommend them.
 

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I've seen dash-cams ruin careers. They are good for some situations and horrible in others. If I had my choice I would not mount one on my dashboard.
 

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I agree with the old man from L.A. dash cams do have value as far as training goes.

My department used to have them in the sector cars. I used to review the tape at the end of watch. Its quite a reality check when you see how many times the bad guy could have had you. It keeps you on your toes.

The actions on some of the tapes did come back to bite some officers in the ass though. but whos fault is that?
 
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Love it. And I hope I get to keep it when I am issued a another car in 4 or 5 years. As far as ruining careers, well, if the incident was not caught on camera was it still the right thing to do. I find myself aware of the camera since I have had it, but I do not let it dictate the manner in which I conduct myself. I actually think it helps me from getting complacent, because I sometimes go back through them and critique myself. Is that weird??
 

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Interesting... so far the results are what I thought they would be.
 

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we had them for a while but they kept breaking. Imagine that. Managment loved them because it dramatically cut down on OT for OUI trials.THey can really kill you court time. Ultimately my dept opted not to keep them. 1 camera per car, 10 marked units, and every week one or two would break. It ended up costing them more to keep the cameras working then it was worth. Guys would loose the remote mikes etc etc.
 

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Same thing happened here that happened with Pablo's Dept. We got them about a year ago in some of our cars. Found they were always breaking...Rear trunk mounts for the tapes were coming loose from the brackets. Couple of times that I've been in a car where they do work a few downsides. 1) Obviously you gotta be more careful in what you say...2) Some senior officers aren't used to their presence so you have to come up with some secret code word for them when they come and back you up to say "Yo I'm mic'd up so watch what you say." Good things are definitley helpful for FTO's if your dept. will let you pull the tapes. Ours have to be pulled by a supervisor and can only be pulled at the end of a tape or when a significant incident (pursuits etc.) happens.
Overall I didnt mind it but didn't love the idea of having them
 

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We've had one for five years and it has squashed SEVERAL false accusations against our officers. NEVER been used the other way.
occasionally useful for training also.
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It does have the provison to be turned off, but can't think why you would want to. (except when pulling over neighboring towns chief who's drunk/naked)
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I love the video dash cam in 947 its the balls. However if the cruiser worked as well as the video dash cam we would be in business

Who Loves You Baby!!
 
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