As leaders in Seattle and elsewhere call for more police accountability, three former Seattle officers hope to cash in on that movement with an action cam for police, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The officers’ company, VIEVU, has developed a small, wireless digital camera that could be a tool to record officers’ interactions during an arrest or traffic stop. The camera is lightweight, about the size of a pager, and waterproof — the latter feature being something that officers on Seattle’s rainy beat know is paramount, said Chris Myers, who ended an 18-year police career to join VIEVU.
The PVR-LE easily clips onto an officer’s lapel or belt. The 4-gigabyte hard drive records up to four hours of video. If someone accuses an officer of wrongdoing, the camera should reveal the truth. Or it could help bolster a case if it records a drunken driver slurring through obscenities. “The public likes it because it provides another level of accountability, and police like it because it’s protection for their actions,” said Myers, whose specialty in the department was testing and training officers on less lethal technologies such as Tasers.