The Senoia Police Department will be getting a new camera system that syncs body-worn and in-car cameras and allows for split-screen viewing of both camera feeds.
Currently, the department has one type of camera in the cars and a different brand camera that officers wear. The department has also been storing its video in house.
“As of right now, we have four servers in the evidence room,” said Chief Jason Edens at last night’s meeting of the Senoia City Council.
There was a need to do something about storage, Edens said, and he was looking at ways to bring the whole system together.
Edens said he was asking fellow chiefs about their camera systems at the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police conference and “they all kept talking about the same system” – Getac Video Solutions.
Then he ran into the deputy chief in Fayetteville and found that department was going to the same system.
“He was singing its praises,” Edens said, so he went to visit their department to view some video, and decided to move forward with getting the system for Senoia.
At Monday’s meeting, the city council voted to move forward with the purchase 12 body cameras, 12 in-car cameras, and 15 months of cloud storage for $110,276. The cameras comes with a five-year warranty. Going forward, storage will be $14,000 a year.
The video from the cameras will upload to the cloud from the in-car Wi-Fi, Edens said. Once uploaded, the video can be accessed online from anywhere, with a secure login.
The new system will provide easier access to video for the department and court system, as well as those seeking video through open records requests. Instead of needing to burn multiple CDs with the two videos from an incident and then get them to who needs them, the Senoia Police Department can simply send out a link that allows viewing. Each time the video is viewed through that link, the system creates an evidence sheet, Edens said.
Because the body and in-car cameras will be synchronized, there will be the option to view them together with a split screen.
“It’s the way of the future,” Edens said. “This gives us the opportunity to capture everything.”
Each body camera has Wi-Fi and GPS, which can allow the camera to be located if lost – during a pursuit through the woods for instance – or if an officer is unable to respond to the radio.
The ZeroDark HD in-car cameras can capture video in near darkness. The department’s current in-car cameras work in low light, “but these are the best that I have seen,” Edens said.
Edens said he hopes to get the new system operational by Nov. 1.