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The single greatest value of an in-car camera is the positive impact that it has on officer safety. In addition, the video can speak for officers when officers cannot speak for themselves – a silent witness. Most in-car dashboard camera video recordings, which are now required by law in New Jersey, have resulted in accurate convictions; many provide an expedited means to resolve citizen complaints, exonerate officers from false accusations and serve as police training videos.

Dashboard cameras have been available widely since the 1980s. Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s 1980s campaign against impaired driving drove home the need to have video documentation of traffic stops. In the 1990s, increased crime related to drugs and allegations of racial profiling prompted departments to install more in-car camera systems. In an effort to aid state police agencies confronted with allegations of racial profiling and other complaints, the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) created the In-Car Camera Incentive Program. The program provided financial aid to state police and highway patrol agencies for the sole purpose of purchasing and installing in-car camera systems. The first federal awards were dispersed in 2000 and, by the end of 2003, 47 states and the District of Columbia had received a total of more than 21 million dollars in federal assistance for the purchase of in-car cameras.

A 2005 International Association of Chiefs of Police report found that in-car cameras aided law enforcement by providing substantial value to agencies who used them, including:

• Enhancing officer safety
• Improving agency accountability
• Reducing agency liability
• Simplifying incident review
• Enhancing new recruit and in-service training (post-incident use of videos)
• Improving Community/Media perceptions
• Strengthening police leadership
• Advancing prosecution/case resolution
• Enhancing officer performance and professionalism
• Increasing homeland security
• Upgrading technology policies and procedures

Nationally, approximately 70 percent of state police and highway patrol now have some sort of in-car video camera, like the L3 Mobile-Vision FlashbackHD, installed in their vehicles. These technologies are playing a crucial role in the daily work of frontline police officers, equipping them with the enforcement and investigative tools necessary to make them more efficient, safer and more effective.

With over 25 years of history, stability, and a pioneering spirit in public safety, L-3 Mobile-Vision has developed a high-definition in-car video system. Our FlashbackHD system provides the ultimate video capture solution and is designed for law enforcement agencies of all sizes. The new streamlined camera is highlighted with a 70 degree field of view, allowing you the ability to capture a wider area of evidence while our high definition video technology provides for the maximum level of detailed images.

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