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.”
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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