Washoe commissioners approve vendor for police body cameras

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - At their meeting March 13, 2018, Washoe County commissioners approved a vendor to implement body-worn and vehicle-mounted cameras for law enforcement.

The City of Reno, City of Sparks and Washoe County have mutually agreed upon equipment from Axon Enterprise, Inc., to provide body worn cameras for the region.

In the 2017 legislative session, Senate Bill 176 (SB 176) passed, requiring uniformed peace officers employed by a law enforcement agency to wear a portable recording device, or body camera. SB 176 also allowed use of the 911 telephone line surcharge to be used for the purchase and maintenance of both wearable and vehicle-mounted recording devices.

All three entities have mutually agreed upon Axon Enterprise, Inc. as the vendor to purchase body-worn cameras for the region. Research by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office determined a greater discount was available through a Joinder Contract through the State of Nevada, meaning if all three jurisdictions select the same vendor, a significant discount would be available. The estimated expenditures are $730,579.25 per the 5-year contract term.

The goal is to use E-911 telephone line surcharges to fund this expense. The required ordinance changes and the associated E-911 fee surcharge resolution are expected to be heard for the second reading and final adoption at the March 27, 2018 Board of County Commissioners meeting.

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