Protect and serve (and record): The role of body cameras for police and communities

KUNC (Greeley): Body-worn cameras have long been a staple of police reform efforts. Activists, civil rights groups, politicians and law enforcement value the accountability boost they provide. The cameras have a wide range of uses and some rather unclear impacts on police-community interactions.

A 2018 survey by the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board found that 47 of about 240 law enforcement agencies statewide already use body cameras. About a third of the agencies did not respond, so exactly how many departments must buy cameras to meet the new requirement is unknown. 

But there are plenty of options. Many companies are developing and marketing new systems, each with their own unique intricacies. Manufacturers like Wolfcom and Axon have videos online that break down the way their cameras work and showing them in action.

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