The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is set to receive a major technology upgrade, thanks to the approval of a $9-million contract. This will involve replacing outdated patrol car cameras and body cams, which are considered ancient in terms of technology. Chief Dave Boysen expressed concerns about the reliability and difficulty in finding parts for the old equipment.
To address these challenges, the department is turning to the cloud to handle the video coming from its 219 body cams and 61 car cams. 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, improving upon the old system that did not have this feature. Additionally, the department will be replacing its 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, as well as 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.