DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Police vehicles will get an upgrade after the city commission approved a contract for new dash cams.
About 120 vehicles in total will get the new equipment.
The current dash cams are five years old, but Dayton City Commission approved a $1.5 million contract with Axon that will provide hardware and video storage for next five years.
Police said the need for these cameras is great because they help provide evidence, increase transparency and relationships with the public, and help supervise officers and their actions.
They said these upgrades to the equipment will make it easier to use and more reliable, because some of the features like video recording in both the front and back as well as audio capabilities will stay the same, but there will be some new features.
“Some of the newer features though, the equipment will be newer, it will be higher resolution than we had before and also in the background, much of the infrastructure will be improved so that we can more quickly and easily handle video and transfer video to the courts and prosecutors and places we need it to go,” said Lt. Matt Dickey of Dayton PD.
All marked police cars will get the new dash cams, which could take a few months to get installed, but should be operational by Fall.