FRANCE DEPLOYS 30,000 BODY CAMERAS FOR FRONTLINE POLICE OFFICERS

The French Ministry of the Interior is set to deploy 30,000 body-worn cameras to its national and military police forces to modernise policing.

The Motorola Solutions’ VB400 body-worn cameras, valued at €15m,will support the French government’s goal to improve trust and safety in policing by having all law enforcement officers wearing body-worn cameras.

“Maintaining safety and integrity in all interactions between police and the community is a major priority for the National Police and the Gendarmerie; video technology plays a vital role in achieving this,” said Jack Molloy, Motorola’s Executive Vice President, Product and Worldwide Sales.

The body camera is designed to protect the police and the public with its intuitive recording function, while the extended battery provides up to 12 hours of recording. Motorola is also providing a range of accessories including helmet cameras for motorcycle officers to capture high-definition footage even when riding at high-speed.

Future innovations can include Holster Aware, which automatically activates a recording and live-streams body-worn camera footage if an officer draws his or her weapon, as well as an Android-compatible application, which enables officers to view and categorise footage in the field.

The cameras will be deployed with VideoManager evidence management software to improve efficiency as video increasingly becomes part of an agency’s workflow. The cameras upload recorded video directly into VideoManager, where it is securely stored and organised using time, date and location, together with the incident data added by officers.

This is the latest in a series of global body-worn camera deployments both within enterprises and law enforcement agencies. Additional deployments include the UK as well as Metro Nashville Police, Romania National Police and London Ambulance Services.