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Case study: Police body cams helping prosecute domestic violence cases

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PHOENIX – Police having body cameras when responding to domestic violence calls have secured more charges, more arrests and more convictions according to a new study.

“It’s very challenging when police show up and they don’t have the right evidence to prosecute,” said Steve Tuttle with Scottsdale based Axon, makers of Taser and police body cams.

The case study was conducted by Axon in conjunction with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in Australia, by mandating all QPS officers document domestic and family violence (DFV) situations with their body-worn cameras.

“You’re capturing the moment of the radio call, the pull up, the arguing, the screaming, the yelling, the fear,” he said. “All those things are captured that really speaks volumes to what these victims go through.”

The case study recorded DFV incidents between July 2016 and September 1, 2017, resulting in a 60 to 70 percent decrease in police summary hearings and a 22 percent projected increase in DFV reporting according to the study.

“This evidence is leading to quicker prosecutions,” Tuttle said. “It’s leading people to cop to a plea without having to go to court.

Plus it’s giving victims the confidence to report, because they feel they the evidence to corroborate what happened to them.

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