FAIRFIELD — Police are now using VIEVU Body Worn Video Cameras – secure, high-resolution video cameras about the size of a pager.
The Fairfield Police Department’s use of body camera technology will enhance officer safety, reduce liability, assist prosecution and case resolution as well as further promote professionalism and accountability, Lt. Stephen Crane said in a press release.
Body-worn video cameras are being used department-wide, including the Patrol Division, Traffic Unit and the Special Operations Team. More than 100 cameras are now deployed.
More than 3,000 law enforcement agencies in more than 15 countries use the cameras that record audio and video, according to Crane.
Fairfield police officers in 2013 managed more than 91,000 incidents, made more than 4,400 arrests and seized 233 firearms. During 2013, 23 Fairfield police officers were assaulted during the performance of their duties, Crane said in the release. Eleven formal citizen complaints were filed in 2013 against Fairfield police officers, almost a 50 percent decline from 2012.
A study sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police found 90-plus percent of police misconduct allegations, in which video is available, resulted in the officer’s exoneration, according to Crane. The study also reflected that about 50 percent of complaints are immediately withdrawn when video evidence is used.
Ninety-five police officers were killed in the nation during 2012 in the line of duty. Forty-eight of those officers were killed in felonies and 47 died as a result of accidents related to the performance of duty, Crane noted. A total of 52,901 police officers were assaulted in 2012 during the performance of their duties.