How do we hold those who in charge of law and order accountable? In a time when personal cell phones and videotaping devices can capture the actions of anyone, it should come as no surprise that police departments across the country are also looking at body cams, dash cams, and other types of police car video systems to protect their force. and while it may be the largest cities that first implement these police dash camera systems, small town departments are also looking at what options they have.
In many cases, as a large city police department looks to upgrade its body cam models, smaller forces are looking to purchase the used ones from the larger city. Police dash cameras for sale, both new and used, are seeing a much larger market as the public, and the departments themselves strive to find ways to be more accountable.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the use of video and body cams throughout police forces across the country:
- 93% of the 8,000 police officers surveyed in a recent Pew Research Center study indicated that they have become more concerned about the dangers of their jobs.
- $1.46 million was the 2013 revenue of the global dashboard camera market. This market was forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.3% during the period from 2014 to 2020.
- 66% of officers favor the use of body cameras by officers to record interactions with citizens, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
- 93% of the public favor the use of body cameras by officers to record interactions with citizens, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
- 50% of officers indicate that body cameras would make police more likely to act appropriately, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
- 52% of police department administrators indicate that police body cameras would make the public more likely to cooperate with officers, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
- Police equipped with body cameras receive 93% fewer complaints from the public, according to a recent study.
- Police officers wearing cameras were 25.2% more likely to consider the devices helpful during interactions with the public, according to a 2015 study.