The Des Moines Police Department in Des Moines, Iowa has seen the future of video evidence in law enforcement and has elected to adopt it.
Through a thorough 8 month vetting process of multiple providers, the department chose the leading industry technology, an integrated 4RE® In-Car and VISTA® WiFi Body Camera system manufactured by WatchGuard Video.
“After an extensive review and evaluation process, WatchGuard’s integrated solution, allowing for communication between the in-car video system and the body worn camera, rose to the top,” said Des Moines Police Chief, Dana Wingert.
“Their in-car video systems and body worn cameras will provide a high level of service and transparency that the citizens of Des Moines have come to expect. We look forward to our partnership with WatchGuard.”
(See in Action. Officers from the Frio County Police rescued 39 undocumented immigrants from the back of a semi truck just a few weeks ago. These people had been locked in the extremely hot truck for nearly 5 hours before being rescued. The truck driver was apprehended on the scene. The rescue was caught on VISTA body cameras.)
When any camera in the integrated system initiates a recording, the other cameras sense a change in status and immediately begin recording.
The Evidence Library 4 Web® evidence management system automatically links the individual recordings from the group and saves them on local or cloud-based storage devices for easy searching, viewing and sharing.
(VISTA WiFi is the latest addition to the WatchGuard family of video evidence tools for law enforcement. Courtesy of WatchGuard Video and YouTube)
This advanced technology provides multiple views on a single incident, thereby strengthening the overall video evidence collected.
“The integration of in-car and body-worn video cameras where the devices are intelligently communicating and synchronizing with one another is the leading edge of video evidence technology for law enforcement,” said Steve Coffman, President of Texas-based WatchGuard Video.
“Police officers are trained to work as a team when responding to an incident; their video evidence tools should do the same.”
Deployment of the department’s integrated system begins in January 2017 and includes 100 4RE In-Car and 300 VISTA Wi-Fi Body Cameras.
WatchGuard Video is the technology pioneer and market leader for law enforcement video systems and evidence-management software.
One-third of the agencies in the United States utilize WatchGuard’s proprietary solutions to capture, manage and share digital video evidence using the most durable, reliable and highest-quality American-made products including the 4RE® in-car and VISTA™ body camera systems.