On June 19, 2020, Mayor Ben Walsh issued the Syracuse Police Reform Executive Order No. 1 Action #4. This action called for the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) to complete its the work of obtaining more body-worn cameras, resulting in all uniformed officers who are on patrol or respond to resident calls being equipped with a body-worn camera.
On Monday, July 13, 2020 the Syracuse Common Council approved revised legislation to ensure compliance with a grant award from the U.S. Department of Justice for the procurement of body-worn cameras for use by SPD officers.
The City of Syracuse then agreed to the following timeline:
- Purchase and acquire 220 cameras by Aug. 28, 2020.
- Construct a physical, secured equipment docking space for the cameras by Sept. 18, 2020.
- Coordinate body-worn equipment technology software registration with AXON Company and integration with Onondaga County 911 by Sept. 18, 2020.
- Train officers on the use of individually assigned (i.e. not shared) body-worn cameras, having 113 officers equipped and trained with body worn cameras by Oct. 25, 2020, and the officers assigned and trained on the use of the remaining 107 body-worn cameras by December 2020.
Purchase & Acquisition of 220 Cameras – COMPLETE
SPD’s goal of outfitting every officer assigned to the patrol unit, responding to citizen calls means that SPD will deploy a total of 220 body-worn cameras. To fulfill that goal, SPD ordered (Invoice 1, 2 and 3) and received 220 new body-worn cameras after replacing and returning its previous inventory of 107 trial cameras.
Construction of Equipment Docking Space – COMPLETE
The City of Syracuse Skilled Trades staff installed secure docking stations in the Public Safety Building where the 220 body-worn cameras will be stored at the end of each officer’s shift.
Coordination of Body-Worn Camera Technology – COMPLETE
SPD contracted AXON, a public safety technology company that develops applications and defense products for law enforcement, to integrate the body-worn cameras with data from 911 calls using Computer Aided Dispatch. The technology will allow SPD to be able to efficiently search and locate specific time-stamped body-worn camera footage instead of having to search through long sections of footage. Reasons for viewing the footage can then serve a number of purposes including training, discipline, criminal investigation, etc.
Training & Deployment of BWCs – Due Date December 2020
By Oct. 25, 2020, 113 officers will be trained on and equipped with body-worn cameras. SPD will have deployed a total of 220 body-worn cameras by December 2020, ensuring that all patrol officers who respond to citizen emergency calls have the ability to record their interactions with the public.
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