It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. In law enforcement, this is an immutable concept and photography is an essential aspect of forensics and other police activities. Better still, in this age of digital technology are video recordings of criminal activity combining sight and sound that help dispel any questions as to intent and outcome of a criminal act and thusly, are worth volumes. Digital cameras have a limited capability in motion photography and stills are needed for detail, so often two separate systems are required for full investigative coverage. It also goes without saying that vehicle-mounted video cameras have performed admirably in capturing the action of an assault or an arrest that either exonerated the officer or aided in the arrest of a subject who fled the scene.
I embrace the “simple is good” idea, because I am the proverbial Neanderthal when it comes to technology. I am not interested in how it works, but just that I want it to work each and every time I press the button. I am also sensitive to the plethora of gear imposed upon police patrol officers and even the most useful gadgetry, which purports to make a cop’s life easier or more efficient, weighs something and takes up space. However, when my Air Marshal friend showed me his compact Pure Digital Technologies (PDT) camcorder that he acquired for training purposes, I knew I had to have one.