Tech company offers free body cams to all USA police officers
- Author: Darren Santiago Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 2:28
The cameras have the "potential to change police work as we know it", according to Axon, as well as protect officers and their communities, through collection of unbiased records.
The Axon name comes from Taser's unit that sells police body cameras, patrol auto cameras and the software for managing the hours of digital footage they generate.
"We are going "all-in" to empower police officers to more safely and effectively do their jobs and drive important social change by making body cameras available to every officer in America", said Rick Smith, Founder and CEO of Axon, in the statement.
"We want to take all the risk off the table", Smith said, which he hopes will encourage police departments to take the offer.
Most of this came from Taser devices and cartridges, which accounted for $202 million in sales a year ago, compared to the $65 million from Axon-related cameras and Evidence.com, which allows for storage of footage and other data.
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The company has made no secret of its ambitions beyond the Taser devices, with a spokesman telling The Post in 2015 that wearable technology represented the company's future.
Axon said 41 of 69 major US cities are using, or have chose to use, body-camera technology - and 36 have chosen Axon.
Axon is encouraging the departments to utilize the online training information because many officers end up purchasing the technology "without the input of the people who use it every day, often with dismal results".
In regard to the name change, Smith said it more accurately reflects the company Axon has become. TASER will remain one of our flagship products, but now as a single focused product brand for our suite of Smart Weapons. To join the live audio call, please dial 877-303-9126 (domestic) or 253-237-1156 (international).
A company that makes stun guns offered free body cameras Wednesday to every police officer in the United States.
Axon now employs around 110 people in Seattle, with plans to hire an additional 80 in the next year.