The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has received a $9 million contract for a state-of-the-art upgrade to its electronic equipment. This includes replacing 20-year-old patrol car cameras and seven-year-old body cameras, which are considered ancient in terms of technology. Chief Dave Boysen expressed concern about the reliability and difficulty of finding parts for old equipment.
One major issue that the department is facing is nearly maxing out its storage capacity, prompting it to convert to the cloud to process video coming from the 219 body cameras and 61 dash cams it uses. A new feature built into the upgrade is a device that automatically turns on the camera whenever an officer pulls a gun or Taser, an improvement over the old system that didn’t have this feature. In addition, the department will also replace its Tasers with new models that work better, especially at certain times of the year.
The ten-year contract with Akon Enterprises includes training programs, regular equipment maintenance and upgrades, and unlimited data storage. This comprehensive upgrade will ensure that the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will have access to reliable and modern technology for the foreseeable future.