|Published:||Apr 20, 2011 11:14 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 20, 2011 8:17 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla - The Cape Coral Police Department is testing out some new technology.
On Wednesday, eight police officers were given the AXON System.
The AXON system from TASER is a camera system that officers wear on their heads or colloars to capture video from their perspective.
The technology is similar to dash cam video systems, but since it records everything from the officers perspective it gives a more realistic view as to what's happening.
The device, similar to a Bluetooth headset, rests eye level with police officers.
The camera is small and is attached to a head band.
The department is also testing the system to see if it may begin to replace the more expensive in-car video systems.
It is the belief that the TASER AXON System is a more useful product with significant cost savings versus the current in-car camera system.
The department is exploring a grant to cover the cost of the TASER AXON Systems.
"This new technology from TASER will enable us to have continued transparency which falls in line with our community engagement program. It will also offer protection against false accusations of misconduct against our officers" said Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.
In fact, according to TASER, 93% of complaints against officers are dismissed when video is present.
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