New body camera debuts at Shot Show
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
Its small, just a few inches, but it could be the future of law enforcement. A hi-tech link; a lifeline for police and an eyewitness for civilians.
“The officer gets to tell their story," Terry O’Shea tells us. “At the end of the day, it’s about capturing that video. Creating that transparency.”
Over the past four years, Las Vegas has seen first-person video from police body cameras. It provides a cop’s point of view during critical calls.
Officer involved shootings are all reviewed to see if the police were justified in their use of force. Other times, like when Seattle Seahawks star Michael Bennett was tackled and arrested, it’s what we didn't see that captured headlines. Bennet claims police threatened his life. The officer who arrested him didn't turn his body camera on.
A company called Safariland thinks they have a solution.
Thier body camera starts recording when an officer pulls his gun. A sensor built into the holster is triggered when a gun is pulled. The officer no longer has to think about hitting record.
The system connects to officers radios and to dispatch. When an officer pulls his gun dispatch is alerted and other officers at a scene are also notified electronically.
“Their main job is to save our lives,” O’Shea says. “We want to help them do that. It’s not about being a big brother to the officer it’s all about creating that presence so they can do their job.”