A model wearing an Axon body camera
AS REPORTED IN WWW.TCPALM.COM ON JUNE 21, 2017, INDIAN RIVER COUNTY SHERIFF DERYL LOAR “IS KEEPING BODY CAMERAS OUT OF HIS BUDGET.” BUT ONE COMPANY IS OFFERING A ONE YEAR FREE TRIAL FOR ALL OFFICERS.
In responce to the the fatal shooting of 21 year old Gifford, FL woman, Alteria Woods, on March 19, 2017, Gifford residents have been advocating for officer body cameras.
At a Indian River County Commissioner’s meeting on June 20, Gifford resident Michael Marsh said: “We need them. We need them now.”
According to the article, Commission Chairman Joe Flesher “said he would ‘fully support’ body cameras.” However, he later “raised the concern that body cameras might not capture everything during an incident.”
The Sheriffs budget of $ 49.9 million is out of the Commissioner’s jurisdiction and body cameras are out of the budget.
But according to an April 5, 2017 article in http://www.seattletimes.com, one company, Axon, a division of Taser International, is offering a 1-year free trial of body cameras to all the officers of all U.S. police departments, including accompanying software.
Axon announced the free trial offer on April 5, 2017.
In announcing the offer, Axon said “41 of 69 major cities are using, or have decided to use, body-camera technology – and 36 have chosen Axon.
Axon is based in downtown Seattle. Once again, according to http://www.seattletimes.com, Axon “will give access to its Evidence.com data-storage software and Axon Body 2 camera along with mounts and docks to officers from police departments that take it up on its offer.
Axon has said that the police departments that participate will own the data and be able to keep it at the end of the trial.”
Taser International’s CEO Rick Smith is convinced the free trial offer will be worth it. “Once departments see the impact of the technology, he said, he’s confident they’ll sign deals with Axon to continue using the camera systems.”
The June 21, 2017 article in http://www.tcpalm.com went on to report that Sheriff Loar said “body cameras are not high among is budget priorities.” That he is “more concerned with recruiting and retaining additional deputies. As the economy improves, deputies are leaving Indian River County for better-paying agencies.”
So are police officers getting their training here and then using it to get a higher-paying job elsewhere?
We’ll examine if this also be true for the firefighters of Indian River County?