Alpharetta OKs body-worn cameras for police

The Alpharetta City Council has approved acquiring body-worn cameras for its Department of Public Safety officers.

The council awarded a 5-year contract valued at $704,550 to Utility Associates Inc. that covers hardware, software licenses, data storage and retrieval, warranty service and support for the system, which will include new body cameras for 70 police officers and replacement cameras for vehicles.

The body-worn cameras will record interactions with the police, gather video evidence at crime scenes, and increase accountability for both officers and the public, staff said in a report to the council.

Five vendors responded to the city’s request for proposals, and an evaluation committee made up of representatives from the Public Safety and Information Technology departments gave Utility Associates the highest score, staff said. Marietta, Brookhaven and Lilburn police and the Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton county sheriff’s offices use the same vendor.