How the Cloud is Helping to Solve Law Enforcement Challenges
“Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?” In 1989, the TV show COPS made its debut with a unique concept: have a camera crew follow police officers as they take down thieves, drug dealers, and other criminals. Fast-forward nearly 30 years, and today approximately 95% of large police departments are using body-worn cameras (BWCs) or have committed to using them soon to record police officers’ day-to-day activities. While these innovative devices are improving police and community relations, even resulting in a 90% decrease in citizen “use of force” complaints, they’ve also created a mountain of seemingly unmanageable surveillance footage. Now, the question facing law enforcement agencies is, how is body camera footage stored?
Police Body-Worn Camera Usage Soars
Today, 34 states and the District of Columbia have created police camera laws, and they continue to be a focus of state lawmakers who are increasing funding through state and federal grants. That’s not all. Lawmakers now want recordings to be on high-definition video to enhance clarity, and protect officers from false accusations of misconduct. They also want to implement minimum retention time for BWC, dash cam, and static surveillance video (in Texas, for example, police camera video must be retained for at least 90 days). That’s a lot of video, requiring a lot of storage space. Think about it: with dash cams alone, police were dealing with terabytes