Waterloo Police Transition to New Body Cameras to Streamline Operations



WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – The Waterloo Police Department has switched to new body cameras that offer features like live streaming, video transcription and hands-free camera activation.

On Tuesday, each agent received an Axon Body 3 body camera and the department will switch to more Axon products over the next two months.

Waterloo Police have been using body cameras since 2016 and were one of the first in the state to use them throughout the department.

Here’s what the department provided as a list of features for the new body cameras:

  • 12 hour battery life
  • Videos can be downloaded remotely without the agents returning to the station to download.
  • Hands-free camera activation triggered by things like activating the light bar, opening the police vehicle door, activating a taser, etc.
  • The location of the GPS and body camera can be used to locate unresponsive agents.
  • Live broadcast from the field to allow other remote staff to see what’s going on in real time. Ex: during an incident with an active shooter
  • Video transcription to help more effective report writing.

Statewide, Iowa has no laws regarding the use of body cameras. A bill in 2017 said police video should be public record, but it was not passed.

Waterloo Police have also announced an expansion of traffic and speed cameras throughout the city.


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