ANDERSON — The town has taken below advisement bids for the acquisition of physique cameras and in-car computer systems for the Anderson Police Division.
The Anderson Board of Public Security obtained one bid for the physique cameras and one bid to improve computer systems for the patrol automobiles.
Utility Associates Inc. submitted a bid of $1,330,930 for 108 physique cameras and BayCom Inc. submitted a bid of $588,920 for 95 computer systems for the patrol automobiles.
The physique cameras are being bought via a five-year contract.
Assistant APD Chief Mike Lee mentioned the Utility Associates was the perfect system out there to the division. He mentioned it was all encompassing to incorporate coaching, set up, testing and verification, plus the system consists of limitless storage.
He mentioned the state requires storage for 180 days however Utility Associates will preserve the video in storage for 5 years.
Lee mentioned below the phrases of the contract the physique cameras can be changed each few years.
He mentioned the police division hopes to have the physique cameras in use by the top of the primary quarter of 2021.
Set up of the in-car computer systems would be the first step, Lee mentioned.
Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. mentioned the town is a number of choices to pay for the brand new tools.
He mentioned the town is looking for roughly $1.5 million in CARES Act funding from the state for APD’s payroll through the coronavirus pandemic.
Broderick mentioned these funds can be returned to the APD price range for payroll and the Metropolis Council can be requested to approve the switch of these funds to pay a portion of the prices.
He mentioned an alternative choice is the town might borrow the cash over 5 years and is checking to see if federal grant funds can be out there subsequent 12 months.
“The police division checked out numerous programs,” Broderick mentioned of the tools bids. “The division was impressed with their state-of-the-art expertise.”
He mentioned the limitless storage of information within the bid was essential as a result of that’s the majority of the prices. He mentioned the officers wouldn’t be capable to flip off the cameras.
“We’re happy with the bids,” Broderick mentioned.
Metropolis officers introduced final June the intention to speed up the acquisition physique cameras in response to an incident involving Officer Brandon Reynolds, who was accused of utilizing a chokehold on a suspect.
Reynolds was finally cleared of any violations of division insurance policies by the Board of Public Security.
Broderick mentioned the division had in-car cameras within the Nineteen Nineties however the high quality was not superb.
“Our plan is to have in-car cameras for all patrol automobiles and marked autos in addition to cameras inside a number of of our specialty autos,” he mentioned in October.
“These cameras will enable the division one other software to gather proof, defend officers from unfounded allegations, whereas on the similar time offering transparency to the general public our officers serve,” Broderick mentioned.
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