Easy Storage and Review of Video from the Field
The Cape Girardeau Police Department purchased 54 body-worn cameras from Getac Video Solutions because of its ease of use and unlimited cloud storage. Officers, who are required to record every interaction with citizens, can do so with a simple press of a button, Blair says.
When officers return to headquarters at their shift’s end, they connect the cameras to an eight-camera docking station, which transfers the video into its own storage drive and then uploads the video to the cloud, says Cpl. Ryan Droege, the department’s crime analyst who also helps manage IT.
“The dock has its own CPU and storage, so the video will be off the camera in five minutes,” he says. “With other solutions, the video is uploaded straight to the cloud, which can take one or two hours.”
To review footage, police supervisors and prosecutors log in to user-friendly cloud-based software, Blair says. When officers file their reports, they can easily add report numbers and categorize incidents.
“We get a lot of return on investment,” Droege says. “The cameras are versatile, multifaceted devices that do a good job of making the whole department better.”
Seamless Integration of Public Safety Information Systems
This spring, the department replaced four siloed applications from different vendors with new software that integrates computer-aided dispatch, records management and jail applications, which allows officers, dispatchers and other staff to work more efficiently.
In the past, staffers retyped the same information from one system to another. Now, the information is shared between apps seamlessly, Droege says.