With SPD starting its pilot program for body cameras this week here are the facts and policies to know
By Tim Clifford
On Dec.12 the SPD blotter webpage announced that 12 officers from the east precinct will begin wearing body-worn-video cameras (BWV) while on patrol. The Seattle Police Department will evaluate the results of this pilot program with the goal of implementing BWV’s in all precincts throughout the city.
Two different brands of cameras will be tested, one by Arizona-based tech company TASER and the other by Seattle-based company VIEVU. The technical differences between the two come down to the TASER camera recording solely in standard definition and coming with the ability to be worn on clothing and sunglasses while the VIEVU camera will record in both HD and standard definition but is only wearable on uniforms.
Both cameras are currently in use in New York and Los Angeles police departments. Each camera will be tested for 60-90 days at a time to determine the best fit for Seattle.More ›