Report: US tops police car surveillance market

Despite recent cuts in federal and state budgets due to ongoing economic woes, a new report out from UK-based IMS Research forecasts the market for surveillance equipment in police vehicles to grow at an average of 6.5 percent a year to 2013.

In addition, the report finds that U.S. police agencies can apply for $4 billion in federal grants and will like see even more money from the recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In fact, according to “The World Market for Mobile Video Surveillance Equipment – 2009 Edition,” the U.S. already accounts for more than 80 percent of the global market.

“Video surveillance in police cars is becoming much more common as police departments see the benefits it can bring,” said Niall Jenkins, an analyst with IMS Research. The video is primarily used as evidence, with watermarking or similar verification techniques used to guarantee that the video has not been tampered with. However, video can also be used to defend the conduct of a police officer against any complaints made. It is also possible for the officer to flag a recording for review back at the station. This is usually part of a training and evaluation program.”

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