Kalamazoo Public Safety plans to enhance technology capabilities | WKZO | Covering all things Kalamazoo

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is set to receive a $9-million upgrade for its electronic equipment, which includes the replacement of 20-year-old patrol car mounted cameras and seven-year-old body cams. This move is necessary as the old equipment is considered ancient in terms of technology, with concerns about reliability and difficulty in finding parts.

To handle the video coming from the 219 body cams and 61 car cams they use, the department will convert to the cloud. This new feature being incorporated into the upgrade is a device that automatically turns the camera on whenever an officer pulls his gun or Taser. This improvement is significant as it was not present in the old system.

Additionally, the department will be replacing their Tasers with new models that work better, especially during certain times of the year. This move will ensure that officers have access to reliable and modern technology for their work.

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 the foreseeable future.

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