06 April, 2017
"We believe these cameras are more than just tools to protect communities and the officers who serve them", Axon CEO Rick Smith said in a news release.
The body-camera division, based in downtown Seattle, will give access to its Evidence.com data-storage software and Axon Body 2 camera along with mounts and docks to officers from police departments that take it up on its offer.
Many officers have said body cameras are in violation of their basic employment rights and threaten their safety by making every encounter an opportunity to find wrongdoing.
Axon, a company that makes stun guns, offered free body cameras Wednesday to every police officer in the United States..
"Our core goal is to have every officer in the world carry a TASER, deploy an Axon camera and be connected to the Axon network", the company said in its annual report a year ago.
Axon's development of body cameras, cloud solutions, and other technologies is, in part, a response to the changing nature of police work. Axon is the brand that reflects the network of devices, applications, and people that is transforming public safety. We're locked into a contract with competing body camera manufacturer VieVu, despite the protestations of Comptroller Scott Stringer's office when the NYPD went ahead with the $6.4 million contract.
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Smith told The Huffington Post that the company's body cam pledge and name change is a way to move on from the negative connotations of Tasers. "Taser will remain one of our flagship products, but now as a single focused product brand for our suite of smart weapons".
Axon®, the "Delta Axon" logo, Evidence.com, and TASER® are trademarks of Axon Enterprise, Inc., some of which are registered in the US and other countries.
Axon defines itself as "the global leader in connected law enforcement technologies".
Police body cameras have provided visuals of some of the most intense officer-citizen interactions, often showing the moments when police choose to use force.
Axon employs nearly 500 hundred people and is valued at more than $1 billion.