As KOB previously reported, the county not too long ago signed a multi-million greenback take care of Utility Associates for the cellphone-based know-how.
Sheriff Manny Gonzales and BCSO leaders spent months researching totally different units after New Mexico lawmakers handed a invoice that requires native legislation enforcement to put on physique cameras when interacting with the general public.
The invoice was handed after nationwide protests over the loss of life of George Floyd.
“It’s undoubtedly a leap ahead in progress so far as the know-how, so far as the gear,” mentioned Lt. Pete Golden, a watch commander with BCSO.
“The general system – the best way in integrates, it looks like it’s lightyears from what we had been utilizing earlier than,” he added.
The cameras begin robotically begin recording when deputies unholster their gun, reply to a name or energetic their automobile’s lights.
Earlier than the brand new legislation took impact, a number of teams and policymakers requested BCSO to begin utilizing physique cameras to extend transparency.
“We now have physique worn cameras in order that situation is now null and void,” Golden mentioned.
“The cameras that we have now gone with embrace know-how that different physique worn cameras or physique worn gear simply don’t appear to have,” he added.
On high of the physique cameras, the sheriff’s workplace obtained greater than 144 in-car video techniques with sprint cams and 5 years’ value of coaching.
“The good factor is it helps us and the group catch one another doing issues proper,” mentioned Golden.
“If there’s a priority or questions, we not solely have audio, we even have video to return to and that does assist,” he added.
In accordance with BCSO, movies are downloaded to a deputy’s cellphone and uploaded to the cloud.
Officers advised KOB they hope to have all of the cameras up and operating by the top of the month.