While the Maryland State Police are phasing out the Ford Crown Victoria and moving to the new Caprice, 50% of the dash cams in the Crown Vic's are broken. That's problem number one.
As the new vehicles hit the road, guess what, NONE of them are fitted with dash cams. WHY, because when they placed their orders for the new vehicles, their plan was to simply reinstall the old cameras into the new vehicles and they quickly learned that the brackets won't fit in the new Caprice.
Easy fix, right, just order new brackets. Well, that's where the next problem comes in. There's no money! That's right, they spent everything they had budgeted for new vehicles and equipment and there's nothing left over for a bracket.
So as I see it, this problem is two fold. One would be, what evidence does a suspect have if an Officer pulls them over and an Officer gets out of line. That goes both ways though. Let's say an Officer pulls you over for a DUI. Now the Officer doesn't have the evidence they use to show the suspect was in fact drunk. How about when someone pulls a gun on an Officer.
Maryland State Police, (while in this dilemma) are now debating, should they come up with the funds to retrofit these cameras or should they go to body cams instead. Either way, at this point they don't have body cams and for the most part they don't have dash cams either.
All I can say is, they better come up with a solution soon because this is not good for anyone.