FirstNet, an app and smartphones as body cams: How one police department put them together

When the Platteville Police Department in Wisconsin was trying to figure out a way to outfit every officer with a body-worn camera during their shifts, the small department of 20 sworn officers quickly came to the realization that they didn’t have the budget to do it with purpose-built cameras.

First, it tried using locally availably cameras that had been designed for hunting, which had to be plugged in to transfer the video data and often broke — but were inexpensive to replace, according to Lt. Jeffrey Haas of the Platteville Police Department…

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