Cambridge University Study Shows On-Officer Video Reduces Use-of-Force Incidents by 59 Percent

Cambridge University Study Shows On-Officer Video Reduces Use-of-Force 
Incidents by 59 Percent 
Complaints Reduced by 87.5 Percent 
RIALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/08/13 --  The Rialto Police
Department released today the results of a 12-month controlled,
randomized study on the impact of on-officer video cameras,
specifically utilizing the AXON Flex(TM) system from TASER
International (NASDAQ: TASR). 
The full study, titled "The Rialto Police Departments Body-Worn Video
Camera Experiment," began on February 13, 2012 and ran for a full
12-month period. The experimental procedure included random
assignment of all police shifts to either experimental (with camera)
or control (without camera) conditions. Shifts were randomly
allocated to treatment and control conditions, using the Cambridge
Randomizer(R), on a weekly basis. 
Key Findings: 

--  Officer worn cameras reduced the rate of use-of-force incidents by 59
    percent. In other words, before the cameras, the rate of use of force
    incidents was 2.5 times higher than with cameras.
--  Utilization of the cameras led to an 87.5 percent reduction in

To ensure security of all data gathered, officers' videos were
automatically-uploaded at the end of each shift to, and
the research team was granted full access to this rich data,
encompassing over 50,000 hours of police-public interactions. 
"These results carry significant implications for the future of the
law enforcement profession," said Chief Tony Farrar, the principle
investigator who led the study as his graduate degree thesis at
Cambridge University. "The use of body-worn video had a dramatic
impact on reducing both the controversy associated with complaints
and the risk of injuries associated with use-of-force incidents. The
next phase of our study is to quantify and analyse the financial
impact associated with these significant reductions in both legal and
physical risks." 
At the conclusion of the experimental period, the Rialto Police
Department implemented a 3-year service plan and
integrated AXON Flex video cameras into standard operations going
"Across the country, agencies that deploy TASER Flex on-officer
cameras have also seen reduction in use of force and
 reduction in
complaints," said Jason Droege, general manager of
"Rialto has been a thought leader: this rigorous study scientifically
proves the benefits of on-officer video. They also deployed TASER's
cloud-based system that offered the most cost-effective
method of implementing their program. We developed to
provide police agencies with a secure, cost effective data vault that
allows their officers to focus on policing, minimizing their time
worrying about the technical complexities of data management."  
About The Rialto Police Department and Chief Tony Farrar 
The Rialto Police Department is the police department for the city of
Rialto, CA. The agency has 115 sworn officers and 42 non-sworn
personnel that cover an area of over 22 square miles and a population
of 99,171. Chief Farrar, a police officer for more than 30 years
holds graduate degrees in Administration of Justice and Business
Administration, and a bachelor's degree in Police Science. He is
currently attending Cambridge University (UK) - Institute of
Criminology pursuing an additional graduate degree in Criminology. To
learn more about Rialto Police Department visit:  
About TASER International, Inc.  
TASER protects life. TASER Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEWs) have
saved more than 100,000 lives from potential death or serious injury.
TASER enables greater transparency with the industry-leading TASER
CAM and AXON Flex on-officer video systems. Together with its
customers, TASER is defining the future of smart policing by
connecting intelligent devices and sensors with the first secure
cloud-based digital evidence management solution for law enforcement: 
About AXON Flex and 
The AXON Flex point of view camera is a technological breakthrough in
the world of on-officer video devices. With multiple mounting
options, including a seamless integration with Oakley, Inc.'s Flak
Jacket(R) eyewear, AXON Flex systems are TASER's newest offering in
the field of evidence-capturing technology, giving officers
flexibility, simplicity and wearability.  
To complement the camera solution, TASER provides
service, an industry-leading evidence management system. The AXON
Flex system offers maximum flexibility and can be configured to
plug-and-play with service, or for local download at
agencies that elect to build and maintain local digital evidence
management systems. 
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