With its new deal with Axon, Sandy Springs police will now have access to 92 body cameras and 121 in-car cameras.
Photo: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli
Photo: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Increasing police body cameras in N. Fulton city to cost $1.3 million

Sandy Springs is increasing the number of cameras its police department will be able to use.

Last week, the city council approved a deal with Axon Enterprises that will give the police force an additional 20 body cameras, 110 in-car cameras for patrol vehicles, 17 taser units and other equipment.

This deal comes about a year after the city’s initial contract for 72 body cameras in March 2017 with Axon, the major provider of law enforcement weapons, including Tasers. 

In a resolution presented to the council at a meeting last week, Sandy Springs city manager John McDonough called the deployment of those body cameras “a complete success.”

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With the city’s new deal with Axon, all officers and patrol cars will be outfitted with cameras, Deputy Chief of Police Keith Zgonc said at an April 3 worksession.

Over a five-year period, both contracts for the body cameras, in-car cameras and equipment will cost the city a little more than $1.3 million over five years through fiscal 2023.

The new contract for the additional cameras accounts for about  $608,000 of the total cost.

The Sandy Springs police department will now be equipped with 92 body cameras and 121 in-car cameras. The five-year deal includes upgrades for all of those cameras at the 2 1/2-year mark. All equipment provided by Axon comes with a five-year warranty.

After the initial deal last March, Sandy Springs police began implementing the body cameras in September.

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