3 ways cities and counties are using video footage

Cities and counties deploy cameras for evidence, surveillance and perimeter security

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Fort Collins Police Services boasts so many video cameras that the Colorado department appears to be on an episode of COPS. But instead of appearing on TV, the city is using video from those cameras to enhance public safety, boost accountability and record important evidence.

The Fort Collins deployment includes body-worn cameras, dash-mounted and back seat cameras in patrol cars, and surveillance cameras throughout headquarters. “Nowadays, unless it’s captured on video, it’s become more of a he-said, she-said conversation, so video is critical,” says Mary Moore, technical services manager for Fort Collins Police Services. “In the interview room, video provides key pieces of evidence. In the past, officers would have to testify from interview notes or rely on what they thought they saw.”

Many local governments have deployed video cameras to improve sit­uational awareness, bolster security, solve crimes and secure convictions. There are three primary uses for video footage: as evidence, for surveillance and for perimeter security.

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