CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: September 12, 2000
Subject/Title: Authorize CIP Monies In An Amount Not To Exceed
$60,000.00 For The Purchase of Police In-Car Video Units.
Submitted by: Lt. Davies, Police Department/Yun Cho, Information
Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager
Approve the expenditure of Information Systems CIP monies in an amount
not to exceed $60,000.00 for the purchase of twelve (12) In-Car Video
units to be installed in police patrol vehicles.
Law enforcement has long recognized the value of documenting emergency
incidents by means of recorded videotape. These benefits include, but
are not limited to, accurately portraying events as they occur, documenting
police contacts with the public, providing strong evidence in court, training
refinement and protecting the City against false claims of police misconduct.
The result is improved criminal prosecutions, less officer overtime in
court, enhanced training, fewer citizen complaints and reduced City exposure
Information Systems CIP monies include upgrading and implementing new
information technologies. In the current CIP budget $60,000.00 has been
earmarked by Information Systems for the implementation of twelve (12)
In-Car Video Systems to be installed in police vehicles. The Police Department
and Information Systems researched and evaluated In-Car Video units designed
for law enforcement and available in the Western Region. The Kustom In-Car
Video unit meets the criteria that all components are industrial quality
to ensure durability and longevity and the cost is within the earmarked
CIP funds budgeted by Information Systems.