The cameras are always recording unless that feature is disabled by the administrator, [the manufacturer] WatchGuard said.
That seems atypical and not appropriate for a police body cam.
They even have a offical name for this feature: RATF= Record-After-The-Fact
Background recorded video is continuously looped to the hard drive
Background video is typically available for the previous 2-3 shifts – determined by the size of hard drive selected in your system build
The batteries must be incredible.
Where are these body cameras being worn that they capture the wearers 'private parts'? On their belts?
IMO, law enforcement body cameras should always be recording while the officer is on duty in uniform - with maybe a 'suspend recording' option when they need to tinkle (that can be audited).
Body cameras are not worn to help the officer on the scene. They are worn to help those that were not on the scene to understand what actually happened when conflicting versions arise.
Perp: "That officer punched me in the face and threw me to the ground!"
Cop: "The perp was resisting arrest, not complying with my lawful orders, and he advanced towards me and threw a punch at me first."
Without video of the event, the brutality charge is applied and has to be defended. Regardless of the final outcome, the lawyers always win (in compensation).
If you recall, NYC was mandated by a federal judge to start using body cameras after the whole 'stop and frisk' policy was found to be unconstitutional. So body cameras fulfill two very important roles - they defend against frivolous claims against officers, and they are also a move in the direction of restoring trust of law enforcement by the masses.
If the officers can turn the camera on and off at their leisure, this ability detracts from both of those roles.
North Carolina seeks to establish that body camera recordings are not public records. #FAIL
Police recordings law serves neither the police or the public
*I would've used 'nor' if I wrote this headline... just sayin'.