November 22, 2006
From Traffic Cams to BobbieCams?
Via Slashdot. Too bizzare to pass over. Apparently the London police are so happy with the ability to use the ANPR (Automatic Plate Number Recongition) technology from London's cordon pricing system, they're taking the next step: cameras on the helmets of bobbies.
Should we check on where ODOT's traffic cams are being fed to?
November 22, 2006 9:18 AM
I can see why "1984" was derived from the mind of an individual living in England.
Cameras, cameras, cameras. Soon the question won't be where are the cameras, but where are there no cameras.
November 22, 2006 9:23 AM
Personally, I like the idea of cop-mounted cameras, as long as they run & record continuously while the cops are on duty. There's a strong disincentive to police misconduct when their every move is being recorded for posterity.
November 24, 2006 3:01 PM
Police in England are required by law to fill out an extensive 'stop & search' form whenever they stop anyone or search your belongings or auto. There is even a several-page notice that is given to the stopee informing you of your rights in case of suspected discrimination regarding the stop...
This is required even if you aren't issued a fine, ticket, or are arrested.
In fact, the police who stopped me in London (for taking pictures of a subway station at street level) told me that this program is in place to prevent undue police harassment and discrimination.
Booooyyyy, talk about a HUGE difference than the US! As soon as I arrived back in teh states, one person after the other was killed by police in North Portland, with hardly any investigation at all... even though they have cameras everywhere, police in the UK seem to have at least a shred of oversight, responsibility and are not allowed to run around willy-nilly killing people for traffic stops!