POLICE Magazine

JUN 2019

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112 P O L I C E J U N E 2 019 BODY CAMS, COLUMBINE, AND DIGITAL AGING POLICE HAS COVERED AGE PROGRESSION TECHNOLOGY, COLUMBINE, AND BODY-WORN CAMERAS. H MELANIE BASICH 1999 MURDERS AT COLORADO SCHOOL MAY OFFER LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE Not long after the school shooting at Col- umbine High School in Littleton, CO, POLICE ran an article looking to find takeaways that could help officers better respond to a similar event. Jefferson County sheriff's public infor- mation officer Deputy Wayne Halverson is quoted as saying, "Something like this has never happened before anywhere. It's not easy or typical when you have 1,800 kids pouring out of the school at you." Un- fortunately, many school shootings have happened since then. But law enforce- ment has taken the lessons learned from Columbine to heart, and continues to re- think and adjust tactics for responding to such incidents. LOOKING BACK I n past June issues, POLICE covered rudimentary age progressed photo technology, the infamous Colum- bine High School shooting, and the introduction of body cameras for officers. Here is a look back at the pages of POLICE Magazine 10, 20, and 30 years ago. 2009 TURNING COPS INTO CAMERAS By now, many LEOs wear body-worn cameras on duty. e public is used to seeing the cameras as well as much of the resulting video. But in 2009, all of this was still new. Editor David Griffith opens an article about this technology with the deck, "In the near future, officers who work for agencies that want to reduce nui- sance lawsuits will be equipped with body-worn video systems." He explains that dashcam video had helped exonerate officers accused of misconduct, but that such video was only available in about 10% of arrests, field interviews, and other incidents because dash cams only capture what happens directly in front of a law enforcement vehicle. He goes on to say that companies had recently developed body-worn cameras to fill in the gaps. Today, many officers have, in fact, been exonerated by the video their body cams captured. Sometimes it's hard to remember what it was like before this technology was so ubiquitous.

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