Item of Interest

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Survey aims to learn more about in-car video recording systems

The Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) announced in September that it has launched a major initiative to learn more about in-car video recording systems.

LEVA, a non-profit police organization focused on training issues relating to video evidence, has begun a nationwide review of in-car video recording systems currently deployed by police throughout the country. Video evidence, recorded cameras mounted in patrol vehicles, is playing an increasingly important role in criminal prosecutions and in civil cases, according to LEVA President Alan Salmon.

“Despite the growing application of video cameras in police cars,” he added, “many agencies are installing the systems without a full understanding of the required infrastructure, without considering many of the operational pitfalls, and without a complete appreciation of the significant opportunities presented by the cameras.”

LEVA is scheduled to undertake a massive accounting of the in-car video industry, which will include conducting a national survey that will poll thousands of municipal, county, and state agencies that currently deploy video technology in patrol vehicles. The survey will examine policy issues ranging from officer acceptance and public confidence, to technical evaluations of image quality, wireless infrastructure, and evidence-management considerations.

The LEVA In-Car Video Project will form the foundation for the first national summit on police mobile video recording technology, scheduled for October 19-21, 2011 at LEVA’s National Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

For more information, contact LEVA’s Executive Vice President, Detective Blaine Davison, at the Norman (Oklahoma) Police Department: 405-409-6120

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"Item of Interest," written by ETM Staff
September-October 2010 (Volume 8, Number 5)
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