The BodyWorn replaces older wearable cameras that work like a GoPro. These cameras require that the officer presses record before an incident occurs, which is not always possible.
When officers use the BodyWorn camera, police stations can tag recorded videos with the incident number, location, badge number, squad car number, and other data. During patrols, the stations can designate an area for recording and even view a "breadcrumb" of recorded activity from multiple cameras leading up to a specific altercation.
As you can imagine, not everyone is thrilled with police being able to record crimes. Vincent Hill, an author who is a former police officer, told FoxNews.com that the cameras could force officers into a constant posture of law enforcement.
"The idea of a camera which will turn on anytime a police officer steps out of the patrol car essentially takes away the human aspect of the police officer," he said. That being said, the videos could be used to show where officers acted inappropriately, he added.