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Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Upgrades Electronic Equipment with New Technology and Improved Safety Features

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is set to receive a significant upgrade to its electronic equipment after the approval of a $9-million contract. This upgrade 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 ancient in terms of technology. Chief Dave Boysen has expressed concerns about the reliability of the old equipment and the difficulty in finding parts for them.

In addition to replacing the outdated equipment, the department is also nearly maxed out on its capacity to retain data. To address this issue, they have decided to convert to the cloud to handle the video coming from their 219 body cams and 61 car cams. This will allow them to store an unlimited amount of data without worrying about running out of space.

As part of the upgrade, a new feature is being incorporated into the system that automatically turns on the camera whenever an officer pulls his gun or Taser. This will improve safety by providing a clear record of any incidents that occur. 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 has access to reliable and modern technology for years to come.

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