Body worn cameras are becoming increasingly popular in the security department due to the enhanced accountability of the security officers as well as the civilians with the use of such cameras. However before making any huge investment in the purchase of body-worn cameras for your unit, there are certain important things that you must keep in mind so that you can go out and buy the camera that best suits your and your department's needs.  

1.      Ease of use

You might prefer easy-on-easy-off operations for the camera so the officer can easily activate the device in case of any emergency situations. The officers should not be wasting time in downloading the videos, labelling, managing and storing the videos because that’s a time-consuming process, which means that officers will be spending less time on the streets and you obviously do not want that. So make sure you take all aspects of the ease of use and not just the apparent ones.

2.      Placement

Body cameras can be mounted on several locations including the chest, shoulders, helmets etc though you should realise that whichever position you use for your camera it won’t be able to capture the full action. For example, chest camera can be blocked by arms if you are positioned in a shooting stance. Likewise, shoulder camera will not be able to capture your line of sight at specific positions e.g. when you are peering over a wall. All in all, it should be understood that 100 percent coverage is not possible by the body camera and you should select a device that covers most of the footage you want to record.

3.      Durability and Comfort

Though you may want a long-lasting, tough body camera that is able to handle and withstand all the impacts and varying weather conditions, in your search for a structurally sound body camera do not forget the fact that a heavy set camera might hamper with your officers performance and might prove to be cumbersome rather than being useful.

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4.      Mind your Meta Data

A good body camera should be able to capture the maximum information about its environment in which the video is being recorded as every little detail may significantly help in an investigation. So look for a camera which records the time and date of every capture.

5.      Mind the Additional Cost

Buying the camera is not enough. You might need to purchase additional support in the form of training, support, video storage, and software for analysing the video evidence.

6.      Encryption is Important

In order to protect the confidentiality of sensitive video evidence, strict encryption systems must be placed starting from the initial capture to final storage.

7.      Set a Standard Data Format

Your camera should support a standard based video format. Using the format cell phones use will eliminate the need to convert the videos to a standard format which can be a complex and tiresome task and may slow down the investigation process.

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