"With high base salaries, opportunities to work lucrative construction details, and one of the nation's most generous overtime programs, Boston's rank-and-file police officers brought home $78,906 on average in 2002, and those who earned higher-education degrees made considerably more....Many detectives now receive salaries in excess of $90,000 a year."
"I got the impression from Darrow's "they upload to secure sources" comment that he might have more than just a recorder back there. I've thought about doing something like this for a long time, and with EVDO rev A and HSUPA it's finally getting practical. I'd want a laptop recording to local storage constantly, and when I flip a switch or press a button, it starts sending the last few minutes of video plus a constant realtime stream to some off-site host, so if the car is impounded or tampered with, the video survives.
Looks like the software side is gonna be strictly homebrew.
Little NTSC cameras are all over the place, and they're cheap. I'd want one facing forward from the rear, perhaps mounted in the third taillight, to capture actions in the pasenger compartment and out the front of the vehicle. I'd also want one facing back and left, perhaps mounted in the dash, to show the driver's and officer's actions more clearly."
When he sees the camera he said he would tear all of them apart. Only after I lie and tell him they are being uploaded to a secure source does he start sucking up to me. He even asked me one more time before I got in the car if the tape was in my trunk.
"But 'Little Brother' checking up on 'Big Brother' is just what democracy needs....The case of 20-year-old Brett Darrow from St. Louis represents exactly what makes the idea of citizen journalism so powerful....The video recording, which Darrow later posted on YouTube and Google Video, prompted more than 300 calls to the small St. George City Police Department. What a perfect use of technology....Technology such as blogs, camera phones and uploaded video features on the Internet gives the public more power in a democratic system, thereby allowing citizens to air dirty laundry that might not have been picked up by the mainstream media. Loose cannon authority figures beware - your inappropriate antics might be coming to an Internet site in the near future."
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