I remember when a camera was about the size of half a shoe box and pictures were only taken on very special occasions or when there was an incredible view.
Today, everyone beyond the age of 10 has a cell phone with a camera. Cameras are used or proposed to be used by police officers. The suggested reasoning is to protect the wearer, protect the individual, assure appropriate procedures are followed and provide a record in the event of controversy.
Having spent about 9 years as a reserve police officer (West Richland), I can’t recall any situation where a camera would have been particularly beneficial. On the other hand, a camera would not have hurt or hindered any activity I or my fellow officers were engaged in.
Lack of trust by some folks of police seems to be the driving force for the use of cameras and this is unfortunate. However, in today’s environment I don’t know how you fight that, so I guess wear the cameras and keep doing a great job (thank you).
I wonder, though, if we shouldn’t consider others to wear cameras in the name of trust and transparency? Politicians? IRS? EPA? Just a thought.