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Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Receives Significant Equipment Upgrade with New Camera and Taser Technology


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

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is set to receive a significant upgrade for its electronic equipment after the approval of a $9-million contract. This will include the replacement of patrol car mounted cameras that are 20 years old and body cams that are seven years old, 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 issues, the department has nearly maxed out on the capacity to retain data, prompting them to convert to the cloud to handle the video coming from the 219 body cams and 61 car cams they use. This move will also allow them to store unlimited data, ensuring that they have access to reliable and modern technology for the foreseeable future.

One new feature being incorporated into the upgrade is a device that automatically turns the camera on 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, 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 many years to come.

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