Metro police have issued a response regarding body cameras after the fatal shooting of Daniel Hambrick by a Nashville police officer.
"We have been moving forward with two projects, the acquisition of new mobile data computers (in-car computers) to replace our outdated ones, and the procurement of body camera/dash camera systems.
Initial funding for the mobile data computers was approved at about the same time as the capital funding for the body cameras/dash cameras. The MNPD needs to ensure that the mobile data computer system is stable before beginning testing on the body camera/dash camera systems, as the camera systems will use routers in the mobile data computers to upload video. Nevertheless, the acquisition process for the body cameras/dash cameras has continued in specific designated phases through Metro Purchasing and is now in the technical review phase as responses by prospective vendors to technical issues are being evaluated.
The timeline as we have it…
- The Request for Proposals for the mobile data computer project was posted on 5/30/2017
- Capital funding for the camera project was approved 7/2017
- The first funding for the mobile data computers was approved in late 7/2017
- The camera system request for proposals was posted 12/2017
- The second phase of funding for the mobile data computers was approved 1/2018
- The mobile data computer contact was awarded 3/12/2018
- A protest was filed over the contract award on 3/20/2018
- The protest was resolved on 4/23/2018
- We estimate to begin installing the mobile data computers in 870 vehicles in mid-9/2018
- We estimate to begin testing the actual camera systems (field trials) in 10/2018
Also, in the analysis of the MNPD’s IT (Information Technology) staff, there would be a $4 million savings for on-premises storage over the first 10 years."