After approval of a $9 million contract, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will receive a state-of-the-art upgrade for its electronic equipment. The upgrade will replace patrol car mounted cameras that are 20 years old and body cams that are seven years old, which are considered ancient in terms of technology. Chief Dave Boysen expressed concerns about reliability and difficulty in finding parts for the old equipment.
In addition to replacing outdated equipment, the department is nearly maxed out on the capacity to retain data. To handle the video coming from their 219 body cams and 61 car cams, they have decided to convert to the cloud. This move will allow them to store unlimited data and improve their ability to access and analyze footage.
The new feature being incorporated into the upgrade is a device that automatically turns the camera on whenever an officer pulls his gun or Taser. This improvement will ensure that all incidents are captured on film, providing valuable evidence for investigations. Additionally, the department will also be replacing their Tasers with new models that work better, especially during certain times of the year.
The 10-year contract with Axon Enterprises includes training programs, regular maintenance and equipment upgrades, and unlimited data storage. This comprehensive upgrade will ensure that the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has access to reliable and modern technology for the foreseeable future.