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Police body-worn video supplier, Axon, gives away vital digital evidence tools to police forces in England and Wales in fight against COVID-19

Police body-worn video supplier, Axon, gives away vital digital evidence tools to police forces in England and Wales in fight against COVID-19

Axon announced that, in the interest of public health, it is providing access to the full feature set of Axon Citizen and Axon Communities to police forces across England and Wales at no cost this year. This is being offered to every force that is not currently using the digital evidence platform.

This means that officers working on the front line can gather digital evidence from the community by sending a personalised link via text message or email from Axon's digital evidence management platform, Axon Evidence, or the Axon Capture mobile app. This eliminates the need for in-person interaction and helps to minimise officer exposure to COVID-19. Agencies can learn more at

Whether officers are being asked to stay home or respond to calls in their area, this will allow officers to continue to do their jobs while still maintaining social distance. Providing widespread access to Axon Citizen will enable more forces to realise the benefits of securely collecting, managing and sharing digital evidence on one platform. Service for Axon customers who already have access to Axon Citizen will not be affected — they will continue to receive monthly software upgrades and access to the wider Axon Evidence platform that is constantly improving and adding new features. 

An example of how this capability has helped police in Cumbria can be found here Cumbria Case Study:

"Our mission has always been to protect life. By enabling virtual evidence collection, we can immediately help first responders and public safety officials reduce their exposure to COVID-19," says Axon's CEO and founder, Rick Smith. "We're providing forces around the world open access to Axon Citizen during this crisis so officers can avoid collecting digital files in person."

Today, officers may interact with members of the public to collect digital evidence like photos, videos or other data. But during the current period of social distancing, these interactions for non-urgent evidence collection can put officers and citizens at risk. Axon Citizen radically simplifies evidence collection and allows officers to collect and manage community evidence from a mobile or desktop device. The intuitive interface allows critical evidence to be securely submitted into Axon Evidence in three clicks, where the software's features can be used to easily create a chain of custody and assess, catalog and search footage.

Before this emergency access program, Axon Citizen was available only to Pro license customers and Officer Safety Plan 7+ customers, or as a separate purchase.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This program is an emergency measure intended to help public safety forces deploy the Axon mobile evidence sharing platform to assist with social distancing measures that are critically important both to slowing the spread of the pandemic and to minimising officer exposure potential on duty. This program does not imply discounts, retroactive or prospective, to existing service contracts. 

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