VPD officers will now wear these body cameras clipped to their uniforms
VPD's in-car camera system has been upgraded to make it more convenient for officers to use
Several wireless receivers have been placed on the outside of VPD to allow officers to wirelessly upload video
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
As Sergeant Jeremyah Jones sits in his patrol car, he now has the ability to upload video from his in-car camera wirelessly to the police department's servers.
"The wireless antennas will detect that you have data on your hard drive and it will prompt you to download it," said Jones. "And, if it's got updates, it'll update itself."
With the old system, officers had to plug their cars into a docking station in the parking lot and wait while the video downloaded. Now, thanks to new receivers installed on the outside of the police department, not only is the process wireless but the officers can begin downloading even if they're not in the parking lot.
"If you're in the vicinity of any of these stations, it'll do everything by itself...we've had people that have been on Oak Street over here or as far down as Magnolia by Langdale Ford and it'll pick up that you have an upload and it'll start doin' it for you," Jones explained.
And, officers can now restart their downloads right where they left off in case they have to go outside the receiver's range before the download is complete. Officers are also being issued cameras that they can clip on to their uniforms, allowing them to keep recording even if they can't use the camera in their car.
"Sometimes, we catch things that happen to other people, other citizens, that need to be recorded and we're witnesses," pointed out Jones.
Jones said his camera came in handy this past weekend, as he had to remind a citizen inside the Valdosta Mall that it was illegal to carry a weapon there.
"I turned my camera on and I made contact with the citizen, who was very polite...if something were to have happened, the camera would've caught it," stated Jones. And that's exactly why the cameras are expected to be such a huge benefit to the department.
Jones said he also understands that people may be concerned that the officers could tamper with the video, but he assures citizens that once the video is recorded the only thing an officer can do with it is upload it directly to the police department's servers.