Officers say they like the program, as it records all their actions and/or altercations with citizens. After police finish their daily duties, the headsets are returned to the station for downloading. One San Jose officer said it plainly after making an arrest: "It verified what I saw."
Forget law enforcement. For many, this could be a new personal "TV Everywhere" enforcement (sorry, Comcast). I think it should be expanded for all TV/video-loving citizens.
Meet someone new for dinner? Record the entire event. Buy a new set of pots and pans and have a disagreement about it later? Show up with the actual video of the transaction.
Family disagreements? All recorded. Fights with other parents at your son's high school football game? It'll all be there for public viewing -- and humiliation.
I'm recording you -- as you are recording me. Everyone has a perspective. Now it can be shown.
Years ago the use of 24-hour video cameras in stores and public outdoor locations grew exponentially. This abundance of newly found, cheaply accessed video helped spawn many TV shows.
For law enforcement, video expanded from cameras at intersections identifying red-light violators, to cameras inside police cars. TV reality series started up -- such as the granddaddy of all reality cop shows, Fox's "Cops" -- as well as more drunk guys running around with no shirts on.
Expanding public video will put everyone on alert -- or make them a star. See a person with a Bluetooth camera, and you may want to go running in the other direction -- or, if you're like the balloon-boy's parents, put on some makeup.
By the way, there are already rumors of a reality show featuring cops with video headgear. Public privacy? There's some of that around, I hear.