A Live View System that allows an officer responding to emergency calls to support another patrol vehicle that is on scene (i.e. officer needs help). The system can improve their situational awareness by accessing the on scene patrol vehicle’s cameras, including audio.
Recently Mobile Video Systems set out to interview, survey and collect information from law enforcement personnel regarding problems or situations of concern in mobile patrol vehicles during law enforcement functions and activities. The program primarily targeted 2 areas of concern:
The project was named for St. Michael, the archangel, the patron saint of the police officers, paramedics & EMTs.
Safety of Law Enforcement Officers & Vehicle Occupants
Of particular concern was the safety of the law enforcement officer who may in many case be working alone, on highways or in remote areas, out of sight of others, unable to easily signal for assistance if needed and in case of assault or injury may be particularly susceptible to long periods without medical assistance in stabilizing life threatening injuries or medical issues. Prevention of problems during an event or incident can be an important part of stopping the snowball effect of multiple mistakes that often compound the problems or escalate a situation from routine to life threatening.
When an officer in the field encounters something unusual in a stop or when responding to an incident, they may overlook an important element in the scenario that can often lead to potential problems later on. Having an extra set of eyes on the situation as seen through your car video camera, can often provide an additional level of safety for the officer in the field. It should be possible to reduce the loss of life due to causes that are treatable if medical assistance can be requested and provided, through the application and integration of existing technologies already in use. The mechanical hardware is already available and all that is required is the gateway to permit these technologies to interact effectively.
Enhancement of Communication & Support From The Police Station
In the past those located at a police station have played a passive role in interactions with the officers in the field, as they must rely on the officers to provide them information to react to. Often some of the most experienced law enforcement professionals such as supervisors or detectives are at the main police facility. Twenty year detectives or supervisors who may be the best at reading a situation, judging the potential risks, legal parameters, weighing the options available for a course of action, determine what action to take, are often at a desk when a situation arises, far from being able to directly apply their extensive knowledge to assist a officer in the field.
Conversely some of the least experienced officers are often on the front lines, in the field and more likely to encounter a wide range of situations they have little to no experience with and often this lack of familiarity, lack of experience can adversely affect the officers well being, and cause procedural problems that make it more difficult or impossible to prosecute perpetrators due to procedural technicalities that could have been prevented.
It is a physical reality that those most valued for their experience and knowledge of process and procedure cannot be in more than one place at a time. However if those with the most experience could be provided with real time video from each car, live audio from each officers wireless microphone, plus the ability to communicate in real time with not only the officer, but any others in the area, this would provide the most experienced supervisors or detectives with much of what they need to become an active participant in an unfolding event or situation that may be encountered by a much less trained and experienced officer in the filed who could then benefit directly from the assistance or advice from a much more experienced supervisor or detective who is watching what is happening as it happens.
The integration and development of these technologies into a cohesive Cellular Gateway has been provided in a mobile video platform of such high quality manufacture that they are backed by a 5-Year Warranty. Continued feature development through articulating software to further enhance abilities are being developed to make the existing platform cross application compatible for many targeted market applications in the future.
“Active Mobile Video” Concept to Reality
Due to the importance and priority of “Officer / Occupant Safety” defined by International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Internationally recognized authority in law enforcement, the staff of MVS began discussions of a new generation of “Active Mobile Video” devices that might offer the law enforcement community a higher level of functionality that can greatly enhance officer safety and effectiveness.
MVS began a process to explore what is currently possible with existing technology, what might be possible if that current technology was applied in different or unusual methods, plus, what those current technologies could offer if integrated properly in a cohesive, and articulate form that takes full advantage of the newest 3G cellular Live View technologies for the law enforcement community in applications that would benefit from a new generation of “Active Mobile Video” based systems.
Below are the original goals set by the MVS staff in their efforts to push the envelope of officer safety and effectiveness in an “Active Mobile Video” system.
“Active Mobile Video” Law Enforcement Goals
Active Mobile Video To Enhance Officer/Occupant Safety
The International Association of Chiefs of Police has published a document to assist others in the law enforcement community with regard to:In-Car Video Camera Systems Performance Specifications:
Digital Video Systems Module
As “Section 3 – Officer/Occupant Safety” was the first issue to be addressed by the IACP’s specification, it follows that officer /Occupant safety is paramount in any new technology-installed into a police vehicle. As such it should be noted that there are several “Officer / Occupant Safety” related aspects of the new MVS “Active Mobile Video” system, directly concerned with “Officer / Occupant Safety”:
1) Would it enhance the safety of the Officer and or Occupant, if there were an automatic means to immediately notify the CMS operator or Dispatcher in case of severe vehicle impact or crash, even if the officer was unable to re in pursuit?
2) Would it enhance the safety of the Officer and or Occupant, if there were a built in means to immediately open a 2-way voice communication between the officer and the CMS operator or Dispatcher in case of emergency response required, when normal communication method is non operational?
3) Would it enhance the safety of the Officer and or Occupant, if there were a built in means to immediately transmit video data files during an emergency event so supervisors can immediately view the event an instruct the officer how to respond to the event in real time?
4) Would it enhance the safety of the Officer and or Occupant, if there were a built in means to immediately permit supervisors to receive visual status on officer physical condition during and after an event, in case signs of extreme stress, physical injury and or fatigue require relief or medical assistance to that officer?
5) Would it enhance the safety of the Officer and or Occupant, if there were a built in means to immediately alert CMS operator / dispatch when a patrol vehicle exceeds the Geo Boundaries, in cases when officers might be hostages in their own vehicles?
6) Would it enhance the safety of the Officer and or Occupant, if there were a built in means to immediately permit the CMS operator / Dispatch to speak directly to the person who is holding the officer hostage, so that the immediate knowledge of the video evidence of their face (transmitted via 3G live) and the fact help is on the way might permit the CMS operator or Dispatcher to talk the perpetrator down before the officer’s life is taken?
7) Would it enhance the safety of the Officer and or Occupant, if there were a built in means to immediately locate the officer’s vehicle in cases where the officer fails to check in?
8) Would it enhance the safety of the Officer and or Occupant, if there were an automatic means to immediately notify multiple supervisors directly in case of severe vehicle impact or crash by E-mail to their PDA or Blackberry device?
9) Would it enhance the safety of the Officer and or Occupant, if the CMS operator or dispatcher could visually monitor potentially dangerous stops made by patrol officer, so another set of eyes can watch the stop and immediately send assistance if needed?
10) Would it enhance the safety of the Officer and or Occupant, if the CMS operator or dispatcher could become an active participant in supporting a fellow officer who might need support by watching their back and warning them through the PA system when passengers exit the vehicle out of their line of sight to try to get behind them?
11) Would it enhance the safety of the Officer and or Occupant, in nighttime vehicle stops, to provide the immediate perception to potential criminals that the lone officer they see is not alone. That another officer is backing him up and this alone can provide a tremendous psychological advantage to a lone officer making stops on his own? During nighttime stops with a bright light on the suspect vehicle it would be very hard to tell the voice they are hearing from the vehicle PA system is not standing behind the light with a Benelli Super 90 M1 12 gauge.
In Summary, MVS found that though novel applications of existing and new technologies enhanced by articulated backend software that will support those innovative applications, it is now possible to provide an “Active Mobile Video” system to greatly enhanced the level of Officer safety, occupant safety, as well as greatly expand the effectiveness of the mobile video system to help make it a more effective evidence gathering tool for the prosecution of perpetrators in an effort to provide a jury with the highest level of evidence to base their verdict.
It is now clear that law enforcement could substantially and immediately enhance “Officer / Occupant Safety” by exploring some of the new 3G technology mechanisms now offered by MVS “Active Mobile Video” system to greatly increase the safety of law enforcement officers with existing technology in MVS-SSD4 mobile video system products that can offer all the benefits with a lower hardware cost than a common systems now offered in the law enforcement marketplace.
There is no reason to send officers into a hostile world without equipment that can save their lives when they can have the immediate backup of “Active Mobile Video” with 3G Live View, 2-Way intercom and live event alerts provided by the new MVS-SSD4 DVR based systems from Mobile Video Systems.
Those that stand the line between Anarchy and Civility deserve our support, and the application of superior technology afforded in the new MVS-SSD4.