After receiving a $9-million contract, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will receive a state-of-the-art upgrade for its electronic equipment. This includes replacing 20-year-old patrol car mounted cameras and seven-year-old body cams, which are considered outdated in terms of technology. Chief Dave Boysen expressed concerns about reliability and difficulty finding parts for the old equipment.
To handle the video coming from the 219 body cams and 61 car cams, the department will convert to the cloud. A new feature being incorporated into the upgrade is a device that automatically turns the camera on whenever an officer pulls his gun or Taser, an improvement from the old system that did not have this feature. Additionally, the department will replace 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 years to come.