The Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA), a nonprofit police organization focused on training issues related to video evidence, has mounted a nationwide review of in-car video recording systems currently deployed by police throughout the country. Video evidence recorded by patrol vehicles is playing an increasingly important role in criminal prosecutions and in civil cases, says LEVA President Alan Salmon, adding that “despite the growing application of video cameras in police cars, many agencies are installing the systems without a full understanding of the required infrastructure, without considering many of the operational pitfalls and without a complete appreciation of the significant opportunities presented by the cameras.”
LEVA is scheduled to undertake a massive accounting of the in-car video industry, which will include conducting a national survey polling thousands of municipal, county and state agencies that currently deploy video technology in patrol vehicles. The survey will examine policy issues ranging from officer acceptance and public confidence, to technical evaluations of image quality, wireless infrastructure and evidence management considerations.
The LEVA In-car Video Project will form the foundation for the first national summit on police mobile video recording technology, scheduled for October 19–21, 2011, at LEVA’s National Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.