Originally Posted by DeltaF
One of the agencies I used to work for started putting them in all the units along with GPS trackers right about when I moved on. The administration ended up using them to spy on the guys at home and at work and micromanage things that they should have just left alone.
The stupid camera came on every time we hit the lightbar and we had to write a mini report for the video clip. And it recorded for 1 minute prior to the event somehow, so if you were talking about something stupid before you made the stop it went to court with you. I hated it with a fiery flaming passion for the short time I was exposed to it, since when I'm riding by myself I tend to keep a running commentary and talk to other drivers and people around me. Mostly to keep myself awake and focused on what's going on. Also because I crack myself up sometimes. I can be very juvenile.
It did save one of my friends in a lawsuit once. Genius piece of trash claimed she went to jail on a warrant issued for a ticket he wrote that wasn't her because she didn't live at the address on the ticket. Had audio and video recording of him reading her address and other information on her license out to her and her confirming it. And acting like a regular douche on camera. Obviously the cameras aren't all bad. Just my first experience with them.
We have gotten too big for any effective spying program. Yes we have GPS (called AVL) on our systems. Tracks location, speed, etc.
The Panasonic Arbitrator camera system is constantly recording. Save mode activates when the lights are turned on, vehicle speed exceeds 90 MPH or manually active by any one of 3 in car "on" buttons or by the body mic.
Ours save "back" about one minute, but audio is not captured for the "back" time.