Statement from DCPI on Body Worn Camera Issue

Statement from DCPI on Body Worn Camera Issue

According to The Daily Beast, the Vievu model LE-5 camera began smoking while the officer was wearing it on Staten Island.

The New York Police Department is pulling thousands of body cameras from the field after one of them caught on fire while a police officer was wearing it. He was not injured when the body camera exploded, police said.

This issue does not pertain to or in any way affect members equipped with Vievu model LE-4 body-worn cameras, and members of the service equipped with LE-4 cameras will continue to use them as required by the Patrol Guide. It then exploded, the NYPD said in a statement.

The city's $6.4 million contract for the Vievu cameras set off a contentious debate in 2016 after it surfaced that other police departments had raised concerns about the cameras' quality, and the city comptroller briefly blocked the deal.

All officers assigned that specific type of camera were told to remove them immediately and bring them back to their commands, the NYPD said, and the department was in the process of collecting and removing the cameras.

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Police are now investigating the exploding battery.

The NYPD pulled almost 3,000 body cameras after one exploded, police said.

NY1 reported that there are 2,990 of the Vievu LE5 in use in 16 precincts across the city.

An investigation revealed the battery inside the camera was to blame - a defect made it ignite.

"Officer safety is of the utmost importance to Axon".

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