This is a thread that has really come to be more timely here lately. It's not just what is happening in Missouri. It's a couple of years of regular
stories of excess, cases of profoundly bad judgement and yes, some outright criminal behavior among those we trust with the most power within society.
Our Police and other Law Enforcement.
So how do we address this problem?
After all, it can never be forgotten that Police are almost unique in society for being in a position, by the nature and design of the job, to
fundamentally alter the direction of the lives of everyone they come in contact with.
So what do we do? What can we do? I have a two part solution. The first part? We need to know what our police are up to! It isn't THAT hard, and it
isn't THAT costly. The Second part? We need to treat our police BETTER ...and those who hate cops on general principle will probably not find
anything productive here.
For everyone else..we have a problem and there are solutions. They'll cost a few bucks, for either one. However, we are seeing the cost of not
addressing it, and it's not just dollars. It's quality of life. It's a sense of security in our own streets in many places.
|I| - Trust the Police.....and Verify Everything.
Okay, this is an issue and it's a big one. "He said / She said" where the stakes are life, death and the loss of liberty itself. That is not just
the citizen on the pointy end, although it normally is by statistical facts. Cops do end up getting that pointy end on false accusations, and WE ALL
get it by living, working or heaven forbid, owning a business in a city of any size.
That last part comes from the civil liability suits which normally settle, rarely present a major hitch in the life of the Officer, and make the
person filing a good chunk of change. Necessary sometimes, and abused just as much or more, IMO. So...Stop it all.
POV Cameras are getting smaller, and cameras of other sorts are becoming both cheap and tiny. In my view Cameras should be a legal requirement
established for every police vehicle, including helicopters and boats, with audio channels to cover each person assigned to the vehicle for that
shift. Additionally, each officer should be required to have a camera on their body which should activate when it loses signal contact with the
vehicle. That threshold should be set within the reasonable range of the unit based camera, if we assume it is pointed toward something happening.
That is hardly unique though, and while my two state senators are nursing a bill through to reform police response and militarization, there is
another reform whose time has come, and technology has now made possible.
Recording of every video and individual audio feed in a way the public can access, within reasonable limitations..and which a mechanism exists for a
higher level of access to those needing it. Defense attorneys, for example. That is the idea.
I did some checking here, and it's interesting to see. According to
this 3 page PDF report
Technologies, and depending on encoding methods for recording the video?
Each Terrabyte of hard drive space records like this:
352x240 / 30Fps = 88 days with Mpeg-4 and 138 days with H.264.
704x480 / 30Fps = 28 days with Mpeg-4 and 44 days with H.264.
1290x1024 / 30Fps = 8 days with Mpeg-4 and 14 days with H.264.
I did some checking and a 5 Terra drive can be had at a mid range cost of around $500. That's 40 DAYS worth of high resolution recording. Drop that
by a % for the audio stream, and it should still be a 30 d
Counting Federal and allowing a margin of error to go higher, I picked 800,000 as a number of police to assume need storage. Numbers I've seen
published are closer to 750,000, as a side note.
800,000 x $500 = 400 Million dollars. (Obama spent 25% of that cost for one trip to Africa by comparison for context)
Add another $500 per officer for initial infrastructure of the servers and unit based equipment. Now we're at 800 Million. Thats for the WHOLE
800 Million in largely one time costs with time between requiring any full replacements on the overall system. Oh...and how to make the system?
Second Reference for Time vs. Drive Space