A UK police force is using headcams for police dogs.
The helmet-mounted camera was created by drone designer Heliguy, located in the North East, and is being used by Cumbria Police’s canine section.
Officers can observe what the dogs can see through live streaming of video from up to 500 meters away.
The police agency stated that canine bodycams would be especially helpful in scenarios involving guns after testing them out for many months.
Similar devices have previously been produced by foreign firms, according to Heliguy, but having the equipment developed, produced, and maintained by the North Shields-based company offered “huge cost savings, rapid construction times, and decreased downtime in the case of a repair.”
“We are thrilled to have been able to work in conjunction with Heliguy to design a came
ra that will assist improve our policing response,” said Insp. Kim Brown of Cumbria Police’s dog section.
“The camera will support colleagues during operations, allowing us to acquire evidence and show them in real-time what the police dog is viewing.
In order to secure the security of the general public, the officers, and the police dog, this enables officers to plan before entering a live situation.
The cameras have been created to have a longer battery life of up to four hours, picture timestamping, and a greater interface with police computer systems to guarantee they are more suitable for use in policing.
For use in sunny situations, the protective lenses covering the dogs’ eyes may be changed for sunglasses.
“We are thrilled that the dogCam will aid Cumbria Constabulary in its weapons operations,” lead product designer Ross Embleton stated.
We think it’s a strong instrument that can improve the crucial work carried out by our emergency services.