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If you know the way to San Jose, you may see an odd site on some of the city’s finest: San Jose police are testing head-mounted cameras that will record their public interaction.
Eighteen officers will perform as the “test group.” However, instead of being for the officer’s protection, the camera program has been implemented to ensure that the officers don’t use too much force when arresting criminals.
The police officers are to switch the cameras on each time they interact with the public. The recordings will be downloaded after every shift. The cameras are roughly the size of a cell phone ear-piece and are attached to the user’s head with a headband.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, San Jose is the first major American city to try the devices, made by Arizona-based Taser International. Taser is paying for the experiment, but the price could be high if San Jose equips all 1,400 officers.
Each camera kit runs $1700 per year. This doesn’t include $99/officer per month. That’s a cool $4 million bucks per year to outfit the entire department.