When I worked in the prison, I was initially put off by the ever present camera. They are everywhere in a prison, always on, always recording.
At first, I thought about them, found myself looking distractedly in the corner, and fascinated when in the control room looking at the live feeds.
Which is where I was the first time I witnessed and incident. I watched the inmate’s actions, the correctional specialists response and the resulting team effort calming the situation.
I was amazed.
The camera footage actually protected the inmate in that the cadre could not contradict video footage. It protected the correctional specialist in the same way. And, by reviewing the footage, all the Soldiers could benefit by using it as training. It is a mark of a profession that they self-evaluate, self-police, and train to a standard. The cameras were a vital part of that effort.
Turns out, cameras were good for everyone.
I thought about this after reading about Ferguson. If only there was some video footage of the incident. That got me wondering about cameras in regular policing. The dash camera has been in use for years but what about something like Google Glass?
Technology never solves problems in of itself but why not use what we have to protect both law enforcement and citizenry?