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Upgrading Technology: Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Receives $9-Million Contract for Electronic Equipment Enhancements

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Feb 12, 2024
Kalamazoo Public Safety plans to enhance technology capabilities | WKZO | Covering all things Kalamazoo

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will receive a $9-million contract for an upgrade of its electronic equipment. This update will involve the replacement of 20-year-old patrol car mounted cameras and seven-year-old body cams, which are considered outdated in terms of technology.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 the reliability of the old equipment and the difficulty in finding parts.

To handle the video coming from the 219 body cams and 61 car cams they use, the department has nearly reached its maximum data storage capacity. To address this issue, they have decided to convert to the cloud. A new feature being incorporated into the upgrade is a device that automatically turns on the camera whenever an officer pulls their gun or Taser, an improvement from the old system that did not have this feature. Additionally, the department will 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, 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.

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