Police should not be required to wear a body camera. They are sworn officers and go through an extensive application process usually taking several months to even years. The police academy is 6 months of training for an office which include physical training, law, and force continuum. Police officers are trained to deal with situations civilians are not. They have set guidelines on how to approach a suspect and how much force to use in a situation. Equipping them with body cameras to monitor them is saying we don't trust their judgment or their training. The cost alone to supply every officer with a body camera would crush most departments budgets not including the extras training, personal, and cost to archive the videos.
Yes, officers go through a extensive application process, go through the police academy, and have set guidelines, but the system is flawed. It has been well documented that officers abuse their power. Sean Bell, Rodney King, and Amadou Diallo are all victims of police brutality and why there needs to be a system in place to govern what the police do. Police officers are supposed to project and up hold the law, Not abuse or take advantage of it. The cost of fitting every officer with a body camera is well worth it when the outcome would be peace and reassurance, that the officers upholding the law are doing it accordingly. It is for these reason that police officers should be required to wear body cameras.
Those are a handful of cases that while tragic are the exception not the rule. A majority of officers are compliant to the rules and regulations of their respective police departments. Punishing a whole department for the acts of a few wouldn't make sense. If we put body cameras on police officers where do we draw the line? Should all military personal have cameras? Fire fighters? What about civilian jobs? These people are appointed because they have been qualified and trained to make these judgment calls. The cost and budget of body cameras could be put to better use for training. equipment, or even more officers.
Would civil peace be a punishment? Everyone would be at rest knowing the men and women who are supposed to protect them had untainted procedures in place to make sure that they did so. But not only would body cameras be reassuring for civilians it would be insurance for the officer to demonstrate they did their job properly. When you have a test for a class, you have to study. Taking the test is proving to your professor that you know the information. Police officers get tested everyday, a body camera would be societies proof that the extensive application process and training these appointed men go through is adequate and being used properly. More and more police cars are being fitted with cameras in the front windshields, in order to assure that traffic stops are being done properly. Body cameras for police officers would be the next and final step.
If police already have car cameras to document stops they make why would they need a body camera as well? Police officers have already proven that they are capable by graduating the academy not to mention the year of probation they are on afterwards. What about the privacy of people they are interacting with? Maybe they wouldn't want their interactions with police videotaped and this may harm their interactions with law enforcement members. Also it's easy to judge an officer's actions from footage. By not being in the situation that they were anyone could criticize and complain but these are people who put their life on the line everyday. They have instincts and training and may pick up certain things in a situation that aren't represented or even audible on film.
With great power comes great responsibility, and you have to be held accountable for your actions. There should not be limitation when it comes to public safety. Any thing and everything should be done to ensure the safety of the public including providing insurance that police officers are conducting themselves in a appropriate manor. Body cameras would have benefits for both civilians and police officers. At the end of the day the safety is the top priority, making officers wear body cameras would provide another level of security. Body cameras for police officers would be the beginning of unity between civilians and officers of the law for this reason and several more, Police officers should be required to wear body cameras.