Body-camera maker offers 1-year trial to police agencies


A recent poll found two-thirds of police favored the use of body cameras, which can provide evidence to support their account when they are accused of wrongdoing by members of the public, Ars Technica reported. Policing, the study concluded, is harder today than it has ever been. In time, cameras combined with artificial intelligence will make that very manual process automatic and effortless by creating video records to replace manual forms.

Axon bills the initiative as a way to help officers operate with "confidence and focus" so that they can better serve the people and communities where they work.

Functionally, the introduction of body cameras into policing is aimed at cutting the time it takes officers to write police reports. That's why Axon is giving every police officer in the United States access to its body-cam technology. And Axon's free trial offer is not valid for departments that have requested, and are assessing, body-camera proposals from providers, because during that period Axon isn't allowed to have much communication with the agency.

"We're not just a Taser weapon, we're not just body cameras but we're all those things that plug in with a network of apps, people and devices", Tuttle said.

The trial is being offered to new customers and existing users who might not have cameras and software for all their police officers.

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"The offer from Axon is a bold move for the industry", Perry Tarrant, President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, said in a statement. A decade later, the company added police body cameras to its production line.

Axon spokesman Steve Tuttle says the new name reflects the company's expansion into what it calls digital evidence management.

To underscore that change, Taser said it was taking on a new corporate name - Axon Enterprise, Inc. - drawn from the Axon cameras the company produces, rather than the controversial electric devices, which can deliver a painful shock to a small area or temporarily incapacitate someone.

Axon employs nearly 500 hundred people and is valued at more than $1 billion.