Village approves new body and car camera system for PD – WLDS

The South Jacksonville Police Department is getting ahead of the state’s body camera requirement. The village board voted unanimously to approve the purchase of Axon body camera software and equipment for about $83,000 at a special board meeting on Thursday.

Village Police Chief Eric Hansel said by negotiating with Axon, they were able to cut the cost by just over $1,000 and add a free slot for a member of the department to become a Taser instructor. certified. Hansel says certification is a huge need with all the staff turnover the department has seen in recent years.

Last year, the state of Illinois passed a law requiring every law enforcement officer in the state to be equipped with a body camera by 2025. Hansel, the contract with Axom, places his department well ahead of the compliance curve.

All of our videos will be stored in the cloud. It is a secure storage with unlimited storage capacity. The other advantage is that there is a citizen link through this system. So if you were on the street and filmed a criminal offense I can email or text you with a link and you can upload that video directly to our file. Photos and videos of criminal events, domestic batteries, all of which can be downloaded.

It’s all cloud-based, so the state’s attorney’s office will get a free link to it where they can view the videos. There are probably at least a hundred departments in Illinois alone that are on this system, and we will be able to share videos with them and partner as partners to share data. It will be a very, very good system.

Hansel says that in addition to being ahead of the compliance curve, there will also be a long learning curve to get to grips with all the new technology. “There’s so much data and training that’s going to go into this system, it’s going to be a long implementation process because the body cameras are going to take about ninety days to get going with the IT department. .

And then a squad car camera that you’ve been watching for at least seven months that needs to be installed by them. So it’s even further down the road, so we’ll have a new car coming out on the road that technically won’t have a car camera, but it will have a body camera with the officer that’s in there. It will be essentially the same thing.

Hansel says that in the future, the system will allow the installation of cameras in the car, such as rear seat monitors that start recording once the rear door is opened.

He says the South Jacksonville squad cars won’t have to leave the area for installation because Axom will send them an installer to do all the work.

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