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article imageUnited States border patrol agents unlikely to wear body cameras

By Larry Seely     Nov 7, 2015 in Technology
San Diego - The associated press has reported that the United States border patrol will likely reject the use of personal body cameras on agents after an internal review by the nation's biggest law enforcement agency.
While these reports have yet to be made public, sources told the A.P. that after a year long investigation, cost and the environment in which most agents work, would keep the use of such technology on hold for the time being.
The review reportedly made comment on the cameras distracting agents from performing their jobs at a high level and it would create some trust issues between agents in the field and management. The cost of operating the small devices would also reach in the millions and with the department under budget constraints, it would be difficult to implement and run at a high level.
The terrain was also a consideration as most of the work in the field is located in hot and dusty conditions, both of which can cause malfunctions and run the cost of the program to a much higher level.
Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske announced last summer that his agency would look into the use and testing of the cameras and while no official word from his office has been made, anonymous sources that have access to the review have stated that the program won't move forward, despite the objections from several groups looking to make the U.S. border patrol more accountable for their actions.
President Obama has made money available to police departments throughout the country for these type of cameras with the hope it will make the public feel more at ease with law enforcement, but despite immigration being a hot topic for the upcoming elections, the government has made no attempt to add this new technology to the 45,000 field and Customs agents.
The LA Times has reported the benefits of these cameras are significant, but the overall drawbacks to their use would outweigh the positives and after some testing on agents in Los Angeles and New Orleans, their use had limited effectiveness and if used, they should be deployed on a risk-based factor.
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