The Viridian FACT Duty auto turns on camera and mic during the officer's draw.

Police actions have never been more scrutinized. In that light, Viridian Weapon Technologies announced the King City Police Department in California selected FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Cameras. The acquisition helps the department maintain greater transparency in the field.

King City Police Deploy Viridian FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera

Located in Central California, King City becomes the first department in the state to deploy Viridian FACT Duty Cameras. The tool now sees testing or implementation in more than 40 states, according to Viridian.

“The Weapon-Mounted Cameras were purchased and implemented to capture use of force incidents where officers drew their firearms or were involved in an Officer Involved Shooting,” said King City Police Captain Keith Boyd. “As we have all seen, the country, the community and the world expect objective and immediate evidence of Officer Involved Shootings. And this gun camera does just that. They complement our body worn cameras and we see them as a benefit in modern policing.”

The FACT Duty provides an unobstructed view of critical use-of-force events. It helps illustrate the officer’s point of view, particularly in an officer shooting.

“We commend Chief Masterson and the King City Police for being on the leading edge of law enforcement,” Viridian President and CEO, Brian Hedeen, said.  “California has one of the largest number of officers in the country, so this is absolutely needed. Our technology can be a supplement or alternative to body cameras as a mandatory evidentiary tool to provide the critical evidence in an officer involved shooting.”

The system employs a 1080p full-HD digital camera. Viridian’s INSTANT-ON technology automatically activates the camera and microphone on the draw. It eliminates the risk of failing to manually turn on the camera. It also eliminates the need for an officer to add another step during a tense encounter.

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