Sandy Springs OKs $607K for more police cameras, gear

Assured of the “complete success” of last year’s deployment of 72 body-worn cameras for its police officers, the Sandy Springs City Council has approved acquiring 20 more body cameras as well as 110 in-car cameras to replace an older camera-in-vehicle system.

Axon Enterprises Inc. (formerly TASER International) also will provide 17 TASER units, City Manager John McDonough said in a memo to the council. The order will add $607,913 over five years to the city’s purchases from Axon, for a total cost of $1.39 million.

In March 2017, the council approved a contract with Axon to provide 72 body cameras.

“The Axon body camera system has been a complete success since its deployment last year,” McDonough said. “Use of the cameras has been well received by the public and SSPD officers.”

The police separately had purchased 159 TASER units and 11 in-car cameras from Axon. By entering into a new, five-year contract covering all three types of equipment, the city will receive a significant discount without the usual 4 percent annual increase, the city manager said.