This company is offering body cameras to every cop in the US

Taser is offering free body cameras to all USA police for one year, the stun gun maker announced Wednesday, as well as a company name change to Axon.

The trial run is being offered by Taser International Inc., which makes the Axon brand of body cameras.

Axon said the decision was inspired in part by a Pew Research Center study that found policing is more hard today than ever before.

Most of this came from Taser devices and cartridges, which accounted for $202 million in sales previous year, compared to the $65 million from Axon-related cameras and Evidence.com, which allows for storage of footage and other data.

"Cameras are the first of many steps toward a future where officers feel more confident and are freed from mundane report-writing to focus more time on community policing", Smith said. "They also hold the potential to change police work as we know it".

A study by the Pew Research Center released in January found that the use of body cameras is overwhelmingly supported by both police officers and civilians. Axon recently acquired two AI companies that will allow it to help departments more quickly redact identifying information in the video being collecting from body cameras.

"The faster we can get this technology to officers who need it, the faster we can begin that process and free up officers' time to get back into the community, building better relationships with the people they serve", Smith said. An estimated 850 officers were to possibly be impacted by the new technology. In July 2016, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot and killed by Baton Rouge police.

Explaining the name change for the Arizona-based company, CEO Rick Smith said Taser has great brand awareness, but the brand can also eclipse the other things - like body cameras - that the company provides. The market now includes roughly 60 companies that manufacture cameras; the two dominant ones are Axon and Vievu, which has added a number of big-city clients recently, including the NYPD. In a 2013 survey, which included 254 police departments, 39 percent of those departments said they don't use cameras because of how much they cost.

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