Brighton City Council voted unanimously to approve a 10-year, $2.7 million contract to secure body cameras for the Brighton Police Department.Seven of the nine council members approved the contract with Axon Enterprises. A city statement said council asked the police department to start a body camera program. The Legislature also passed a law requiring body cameras of all municipal police departments by 2023.The purchase price includes the cameras (with the accessories, auto tagging and signal activation technology), tasers for sworn staff members, which includes a voucher for training and supplies, and mounted cameras for 25 marked patrol cars. Those cameras will have automatic license plate readers, too.The package also lets the department have unlimited access for cloud-based storage of digital media and a predetermined upgrade schedule at 2 1/2 years, 6 1/2 years and 10 years. The price tag also includes installation and setup.“The implementation of body-worn cameras is a high priority for the Brighton Police Department,” said Cmdr. Matthew Domenico in the statement. “The transparency they will help provide the community is going to be invaluable.”
Sgt. Monce Portillo said bodyr cameras have been a priority for Brighton police for several years, not just since last summer's nationwide demands for police reforms.
"As Cmdr. Domenico mentioned last night during the city council's presentation, the city council tasked the police department in 2020 with implementing a comprehensive cloud-based body-worn camera program. At about the same time, the state issued legislation requiring all Colorado Law Enforcement agencies to implement body-worn cameras," Portillo said. So I would say no, not for us. Body-worn cameras were and continue to be a priority for the department."
Recommendations came from a task force that included all police department divisions, the city's information technology department, municipal courts and victims' services programs. The body-worn cameras and cloud-based storage will provide the district attorney’s office with access to digital media that will become part of almost every case moving forward. the statement read.
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