The police chief in Salt Lake City, Utah, wants to make head cameras mandatory at his police department:
- This US police force wants to clip cameras on the side of all their officers’ heads via glasses, helmets or hats.
- The head cameras can record a crime scene or any interaction with the public, in addition to the footage already produced by dashboard cameras in their cars.
- Supporters of the technology claim that the head cameras are made in such a way that officers cannot edit the footage, helping to ensure transparency.
- The AXON Flex devices considered in Utah are manufactured by US firm TASER (they are an upgrade of the earlier AXON Pro system).
- Currently, there are 274 US law enforcement agencies using one or both version (some for all officers, others are just testing a few).
- UK police forces are also testing similar technology.
- For example, Grampian Police officers in Aberdeen have been using
body cameras which attach to their helmets and vests since 2010.