TASER Updates on AXON Camera Deployments

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based TASER International (NASDAQ: TASR  ) says its AXON on-officer flex camera is a hit.

On Wednesday, TASER announced that the Fort Worth Police Department in Texas has deployed 145 AXON flex cameras to its force, while the DFW International Airport Department of Public Safety in Texas has deployed 100. Law enforcement agencies at Barton Community College, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, the Comfrey Police Department, and Kankakee County Sheriff's Office have all renewed their subscriptions to TASER's associated EVIDENCE.com service.

Additionally, TASER announced that law enforcement agencies in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas are deploying either AXON flex cameras or EVIDENCE.com for their officers.

In a related announcement, TASER says that the Surprise Police Department in Arizona has just announced that it will be equipping all of its police officers with both the AXON flex and the EVIDENCE.com service.

The AXON flex is a digital video camera worn on an officer's body that TASER CEO Rick Smith says "will become standard equipment [at police forces] within the next 5-10 years." EVIDENCE.com is a service TASER offers for recording and storing video recorded by the AXON flex.


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  • Report this Comment On August 15, 2013, at 4:20 PM, happilymambo1 wrote:

    Whether the AXON cameras are effective or not will depend entirely on whether the cameras can be turned on and off by the officers using them. If they can be, you can be sure that any incriminating behavior on the part of the officers involved will be conveniently edited out before anyone sees it. If the President of the United States can get away with deleting incriminating evidence (a la Richard Nixon and the White House tapes,) then local police officers will absolutely choose to do the same thing and only have their cameras rolling when it serves their interests, and any depiction of police officer misconduct will be omitted using the excuse that technical glitches just happened to occur at those exact instants or that unexplained power outages caused the damning video to be lost.

    For AXON cameras to be effective, they will need to have the cameras rolling continuously from the time the officer leaves the station to the time he/she returns, with the time/date stamp appearing on each and every frame. There will also need to be very effective safeguards against tampering with the video -- like mandatory 20 year sentences for anyone found guilty of such tampering. Otherwise, the video will DEFINITELY be tampered with, and large amounts of officer-incriminating video will be ever-so-conveniently lost. The live, real-time video itself will need to be transmitted to and securely stored by an agency completely unrelated to and completely independent of the police department.

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