Police departments are continually trying to stay ahead of the game with the newest technology available for officers in the field. According to the Sentinel, there are 31 New Brunswick, N.J., patrol cars that recently installed new mobile video recorders and cameras to be able to obtain information at any time.
"This is the only [product] that provides HD [high-definition] wireless mobile video," Police Captain Brian Hoiberg, told the source. "It's simple to use and is a progressive system."
The new technology will have police officers wear microphones on them at all times, and have the ability to hit record at any moment. The police microphones have a 1-mile reception range and can record up to 40 hours of patrol car operation time. The cameras will also have a snapshot function, which will allow officers to capture an image while still recording video.
"Even if a police officer does not press record, the camera is still recording," Hoiberg added.
The video recording initiates during accidents, responses and other police stops. When patrol cars return to the parking lot at the police headquarters, the video is automatically downloaded to the server, which avoids any human interaction with the process loading or entering the data.
New technology reducing risks for officers in the field
Hoiberg told the Sentinel the crime control device will give officers another set of eyes and ears when patrolling. Kenneth McCormick, police director at the New Brunswick Police Department, told the source that several studies have shown mobile video recording devices on officers significantly reduce the amount of litigation against police departments. Officers are able to better protect themselves in the field with the recording devices.
The NBPD was able to obtain the new devices through a $250,000 allocation in the 2013 capital budget, and the cameras have been in use since the beginning of the year. The department's plan is to install the devices on all 40 marked patrol cars within a reasonable time.
"Today's policing cannot be accomplished effectively without the use of technological advances in crime fighting," McCormick said in an official press release.
The wireless technology is keeping officers mobile in the field and letting them obtain information as soon as it's recorded. Police stations around the nation are finding that crimes can be solved faster and more effectively with the right crime control technology to aid officers while patrolling the streets.