The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is set to receive a major upgrade for its electronic equipment after the approval of a $9-million contract. This overhaul will see the replacement of patrol car mounted cameras that are 20 years old and body cams that are seven years old, which are considered outdated in terms of technology. Chief Dave Boysen expressed his concerns about the reliability and difficulty in finding parts for the old equipment.
The department has nearly reached its capacity to store data, prompting them to switch to cloud storage to handle the video coming from their 219 body cams and 61 car cams. A new feature being incorporated into the upgrade is a device that automatically turns on the camera whenever an officer pulls his gun or Taser, an improvement from the old system that did not have this feature. 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, as well as 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.