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Taser founder Rick Smith (right) and Axon general manager Marcus Womack.
Taser founder Rick Smith (right) and Axon general manager Marcus Womack earlier this year in Seattle.

Taser announced today that it will ship 22,000 body-worn cameras to the London Metropolitan Police.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Taser recently completed a pilot program with the London Police that helped the department reduce its officer complaints by 33 percent.

Shares of Taser were up nearly 6 percent on Tuesday following the news.

axontaser11Taser’s body-worn camera development takes place at its office in Seattle, where Axon, a business unit of Taser, just opened a new office with more than 50 employees who are developing a cloud-based service and wearable cameras used by police departments across the world.

Founded in 1993, Taser sells high-tech tasers but expanded its product line to include body-worn cameras for police and the accompanying back-end cloud-based processing technology, both of which Axon is responsible for developing and managing.

As interest in body-worn cameras have increased given the growing attention on police conduct, Axon recently posted 170 percent year-over-year revenue growth and processes a new file every 2.9 seconds. The company works with more than 5,000 agencies across the globe, with customers in the UK, Canada, Australia, Brazil, and more. The Seattle Police Department used Taser’s cameras during its own pilot program.

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