Friday, June 16, 2017

KCPD Pricey Body Camera Progress Report



Lots of great deets in the latest post about body cameras for Kansas City police . . .

As always, the cost breakdown is probably the most critical bit of information . . .

"The pilot project was a very scaled one. The cameras were used only by a few squads at a time. Just those few officers produced an average of 147 videos totaling 82,000 megabytes (MB) a day. The whole project produced 9,300 videos and 5.1 million MB total. Scaling that upward department-wide, we determined we would need 2.4 petabytes of storage (that’s more than 1 billion megabytes). Under the industry-standard 5-year contract, that kind of storage would cost about $3.2 million. For access and security purposes, we determined an on-site server for storage would be best, as opposed to a cloud-based solution.

"Those are just the storage costs. Initial equipment costs would be about $2.1 million, with a $56,000 annual maintenance cost. To handle the increased requests for the video from our own officers and investigators, prosecutors and other attorneys, media and the public, we would require up to 25 additional positions at the cost of about $2.2 million annually in salary and benefits. Two new network administrator positions also would be needed at about $173,000."

Here's a position statement as work continues . . .

"Philosophically, we support body-worn cameras and want to implement them as soon as is feasible. But in our research, we have found too many agencies that – in an effort to launch body-worn cameras quickly – created a program that was unsustainable. Some are even being forced to roll back their programs. We have taken a very measured approach because we want to be good stewards who will keep the promises we make. If we say we’re going to implement body-worn cameras, we will, and we will have the storage, infrastructure and personnel to properly support and maintain them."

Read the whole thing on the Chief's blog.

The Interim Chief promises to continue working with the public in order to craft policy and explain the new tech.

You decide . . .

9 Comments:

Anonymous said...

More Taxpayer money down the toilet.

Anonymous said...

Leaving the po po in charge of all the videos doesn't sound like a good idea either

J.W. said...

This is such a joke. I am an infrastructure engineer and a petabyte of storage is about $5000.

Leave it to inept governance to railroad everyone. PATHETIC!

Anonymous said...

Sounds more like the police don't want anybody but themselves to have control over the videos, if no one else has access then they can maigically disappear when something happens. Just sayin

Citizen said...

Fighting the criminal element costs much money and the taxpayers don't want to pay the money.

Crazy Clown said...

Effective Simple Solution !!

Quit catering to Criminals & Thugs !!!

Quit catering & Pandering to Degenerate Communist scumbags of the pathetic Liberal party, who's the majority of the problems !!!

Anonymous said...

^^^^+1

Anonymous said...

We need body cams on slime and the shity Council

Anonymous said...

We need a body cam to keep an eye on Sly. It will need a wide angle lens