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An e-mail from a reader up north:
- Here is some of what was heard around the 016th District yesterday.
PO to guy from Information Services " How do I get the keyboard up on the screen?"
Answer: You just have to play with it.
I/S guy " You really need a four hour class on this system but you only get 5 minutes"
Note: The chosen system is NOT one of the 14 we field tested, and completed mandatory surveys on.
The District misplaced the microphone cases for the entire day. So when you used your camera for traffic stops, you had no where to put the microphone. If you work 99 you have to lean over the passenger seat to shut of that mic, every time you turn the blue lights on. They were supposed to fix it so if you log on with 2 officers both mics activate but let's see how long it actually takes them to do this.
You have to label each video after you shut the camera off. Like if you are going to an in progress call and you use your lights. After you shut camera off you have to pick an option for video. DUI, Stolen Car, Traffic Violator, etc. One option is default. We were told if you select that too many times, you are going to have to leave paper. LOL. Why didn't they put an option, assist car or in progress job.
We were also told if we write tickets and they look for the video and there isn't one, you will get gigged. So let me see, tickets are optional but videotaping your stop isn't? You also have to fill out a green card for every stop in which you don't issue a ticket. We were assured that they will be counting and checking all of this. Hope they don't look for my video when my Traffic Accident tickets show up in the box. It's where I get most of my movers.
So we get under 5 minutes of training for something that we are supposed to know how to use, even though the guy in charge of the program doesn't know himself, and we are supposed to use it 20 times a day, and figure it out ourselves, AND leave paper when we fuck it up? I don't mind the cameras, but I think it should be optional to record the stop or not.
Please put the word out to our fellow officers that IF YOU GET STOPPED YOU ARE ON FILM. We were told we still had discretion but we MUST fill out a green card anyway. They will be matching green cards to stops. I tried it out with just the wigwags yesterday which is our old way of getting past the camera and the fucker still went on. No way to beat the system. Oh yeah, and the cameras went live at 0600 by 0900 there were at least 4 cars who had problems with the system. One software, one couldn't log on, etc.
Great. In a Department whose answer to EVERYTHING is "more training," we now have NO training for a system that is supposed to "protect" us and citizens from all sorts of false accusations and misconduct and who knows what else.