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VIEVU Straight Shooter 25 Program

Written by Jennifer Gavigan

VIEVU, an industry leader in body worn video (BWV) for law enforcement, security, and emergency responders, announced its ‘Straight Shooter 25’ designed for agencies needing to capture video evidence from the ‘Officer’s Perspective.’ Priced at $25 per month, Straight Shooter 25 includes the recently released rugged LE3 HD camera, VERIPATROL secure file management software that includes in-car mobile viewing, and Free Cloud storage access. There are zero upfront or additional costs.

VIEVU cameras are used in over 3,100 law enforcement agencies including Oakland PD, Houston PD, Dallas PD, Atlanta PD, and Phoenix PD. Agencies continue to deploy BWV cameras as studies of police-worn BWV continue to show its benefits. A study of the Rialto PD in CA showed an 88 percent decline in complaints filed against officers, and a 60 percent decline in use-of-force.

VIEVU body worn video cameras come with VERIPATROL™, a secure video file management system, which includes several layers of security protection to ensure chain of custody and evidence protection. Officers cannot edit or delete the video and additional security prevents unauthorized access if the camera is lost or stolen.

The LE3 is a highly secure HD video camera designed for law enforcement. The LE3 was built not only to capture the best forensic video evidence possible but also to make operation simple with its large slide on/off switch for easy activation in stressful situations. VIEVU’s accompanying VERIPATROL software exceeds current evidence standards and prevents tampering, editing or deleting video using a FIPS 140-2-compliant file authenticity process. It also prevents unauthorized access if the camera is lost or stolen.

"VIEVU cameras and software deliver an immediate benefit to agencies using our solution. We wanted to create the zero cost startup and easy monthly plan that our customers can budget. We didn’t want law enforcement customers paying scheming and confusing subscriptions with complicated user fees that other companies are providing. The ‘Straight Shooter 25’ is simple and transparent, $25 per month that’s it, "said Steve Lovell, VIEVU President.

Phoenix Police Department

The City of Phoenix, Ariz. Police Department is now among VIEVU’s 3000 customers that are using the small wearable cameras. VIEVU’s cameras were the department’s first choice because of the ease of use on the officers and secure file management platform called VERIPATROL™. For the Phoenix Police Department, this is a collaborative grant project with Arizona State University (ASU).

The awarded grant will allow the Phoenix Department and ASU to jointly examine the impact of this technology on crime, public and police accountability, as well as perceptions of legitimacy, trust and satisfaction with the police. Specifically, the program will attempt to determine if on-officer video cameras enhance officers’ ability to conduct domestic violence and other criminal investigations. It will also seek to determine if on-officer cameras have a measurable impact on both officer and citizen behavior.

Dr. Charles Katz, the Watts Family Director and Professor at ASU, will utilize various survey instruments during the course of the program to evaluate the impact of the technology with regard to citizens’ attitudes and perceptions. Dr. Katz stated, "The Smart Policing Initiative administered by BJA is a perfect opportunity to understand the impact on body worn cameras on suspects, victims, officers, as well as on case processing. In Phoenix, we will be particularly focused on the impact of body worn cameras on domestic violence and officer accountability. We are also interested in how the use of this technology might deter individuals from committing secondary violations such as resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, and trying to escape."

VIEVU also announded the VIEVU(2), the first ruggedized, wearable video camera for "Prosumers" and the professional workforce built on the same military-grade technology used by law enforcement and government agencies. The VIEVU(2) camera protects against erroneous accountability/liability, efficiently and accurately documents claims, and mitigates workplace theft while C-level and other executives can use it to document meetings or other important employee interactions.

Milled from a solid block of aluminum, VIEVU(2) withstands the bumps/bruises of daily use and can be worn on a belt, lapel, pocket, or other places bulkier cameras simply don’t fit. The camera’s professional appearance and functionality make it ideal for applications including: private security, general contractors, insurance adjusters, facilities maintenance, fleet management, inspectors, and technicians; who can all now utilize the same camera technology trusted by law enforcement.

VIEVU(2) records in three configurable settings up to full 1080p HD resolution and features a proven law enforcement "one switch" design for quick activation even while wearing gloves. Footage can be streamed to a smartphone using the VIEVU(2) mobile app. The video can then be reviewed, stored, and shared without requiring a computer.

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Published in Law and Order, Jul 2014

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