Police Cars Getting Digital Cameras
The Little Rock Police Department is getting a new fleet of police cruisers featuring new technologies.
The vehicles will be equipped with digital cameras as well as computer equipment that stores digital files rather than VHS footage. The equipment will replace the department’s existing system that comprises up to 1,000 videocassettes at any given time.
The new digital cameras will have superior recording and sound capabilities and will also be easier to manage. Furthermore, they will eliminate the need to purchase, handle, and store videocassettes.
Footage from the new cameras will be instantly transmitted via a wireless link from cruisers’ computers to a server in the police garage. Officers will also be able to transfer footage via email.
The upgrades are part of a two-year improvement effort of the department that is being funded by $1.2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (11/30/06); Bleed, Jake.