Axon: Free body cams to nation's cops and more for year

Axon: Free body cams to nation's cops and more for year

More importantly, for law enforcement personnel across the U.S., Axon says it is launching an effort to supply every police officer in the country with a free body camera.

The one-year package includes an Axon Body 2 camera for every officer, unlimited storage at Evidence.com, two camera mounts per person, a docking station for securely uploading footage, and full access to the company's online training database, Axon Academy.

Axon Enterprise Inc (NASDAQ:TASR) - which manufactures Taser-branded items - is handing out free cameras to all cops. "We're building a community, this is just the enabler", Smith said.

The cameras have the "potential to change police work as we know it", according to Axon, as well as protect officers and their communities, through collection of unbiased records.

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Police body cameras have provided visuals of some of the most intense officer-citizen interactions, often showing the moments when police choose to use force. A decade later, the company added police body cameras to its production line. The company's body camera and surveillance tech division brought in $65 million in revenue in 2016 - up almost 86 percent from the year before.

Axon notes that the free, one-year trial offer is "not available for any law enforcement agency or its officers in which Axon is participating in a request for proposal, a process that restricts communication with that agency or its officers". And the prospect of having more police departments sign on after their yearlong trial probably isn't a bad look either.

A recent audit of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officers wearing body cameras, for example, found that the devices reduced officer injury by 30 percent, and suspect injuries by 20 percent. We believe, within 10 years, we can automate police reporting. Smith, the company's chief executive, told the Huffington Post that the Taser name "can be a little polarizing". "Taser will remain one of our flagship products, but now as a single focused product brand for our suite of smart weapons". "Axon is the company we have become". But now the entire company will be known as Axon.

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