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Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Upgrades Electronic Equipment with $9 Million Contract

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has been awarded a $9-million contract to upgrade its electronic equipment. This includes replacing patrol car mounted cameras that are 20 years old and body cams that are seven years old, which have been deemed ancient in terms of technology. Chief Dave Boysen expressed his concerns about the reliability and difficulty in finding parts for the old equipment.

The department is also nearly maxed out on its capacity to retain data, prompting them to convert to the cloud to handle the video coming from their 219 body cams and 61 car cams. A 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, as well as 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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