“Some agencies start with specific vehicles or units, such as traffic patrol, DWI units or criminal patrols,” says prosecutor (and former police officer) Jim Kuboviak, as Bruce Goldfarb and Andrew Metcalf report for the Laurel Patch.
Kuboviak is referring to police cameras, typically mounted on the dash in cruisers, which provide crucial evidence in many DWI cases and other traffic stops – showing “what we do right and what we do wrong,” according to the chief of operations for the Maryland State Police.
Cameras can either help or hurt, depending on the case and depending on who you ask. But not every police cruiser is equipped with a camera, often because of the cost.
As Goldfarb and Metcalf report, Baltimore City and Baltimore County do not employ cameras in police cruisers. The same goes for cruisers in Anne Arundel County. It’s not clear why, but it costs more than $5,000 to install camera equipment in each cruiser, which can be cost-prohibitive for many police agencies.
“It would be a big chunk of change to outfit a large department,” said Kuboviak.
And as technology improves, some people are starting to discuss the possibility of putting cameras on the lapels of police officers, or on a helmet.
Source: HoCo Police: Dash Cams Not Used in ‘Daily Patrol Activities’