Chamblee, GA, October 11, 2016 – The Post Reports – The City of Chamblee’s Police Department (CPD) will soon be outfitted with body cameras. In May of 2016, CPD ordered 35 Vista Wi-Fi body cameras from Watchguard Video in Allen, Texas. The $72,000 total cost cover the cameras, accessories, and a three-year warranty. Watchguard, the same vendor CPD uses for their dash cameras, was the logical choice source to again partner with because an evidence server for storage and wireless access points for downloading video is already in place.
According to City Administrator Jon Walker, in recent years the field of law enforcement has received a significant amount of scrutiny, particularly as it relates to the use of force by officers. “The Chamblee Police Department has always believed in the principles of transparency and accountability to the public we serve,” Walker says. “Videos, like other government records, are subject to the Open Records Act which means they must be released upon request unless they fall under one of the exemptions to the Act. The most common exemption is the open investigation/pending prosecution exemption.”
The City says the new body cameras will be stored in a docking station and checked out by officers as they start their shift. The cameras will feature Wi-Fi and GPS and will activate automatically when an Officer engages the “blue lights”, or the cameras can be manually activated.
These body cameras are expected to take evidence presentation in the courtroom setting to a new level in Chamblee. “When a jury is able to see an incident from the officer’s perspective that will assist in a more successful prosecution,” Walker adds. “The cameras are a newly upgraded model that has just started production. We hope to have the body cameras fully fielded within 90 days.”
To learn more about the Vista Wi-Fi body cameras, check out the two-minute video below.