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Old 11-13-2015, 08:46 AM   #1
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Law enforcement's body camera policies in question

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The Idaho Sheriff's Association said that there is no set protocol for when law enforcement records video on dashboard or body cameras. Oftentimes, ISA said it is a matter of cost.

"If you keep these body cameras and dash cameras and what have you on constantly, you've got to store that data, you've got to keep that data, and it's getting more and more expensive to do so," said ISA Executive Director Vaughn Killeen.
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ISA said that the costs surrounding the use of body cameras goes well beyond the purchase price. It includes the expense of storing the data, a cost that many small counties in Idaho do not have budget to support.
I have a couple of 2 and 3 TB HDDs that will store hundreds of hours of video. The cameras in question operate in SD as far as I know, so files shouldn't be all that large.

4TB and larger HDDs are now commonly available in the $100 range, often less with sales or promos.

I don't see the budget issue here.
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It's most likely a total infrastructure cost and not just about buying a few external drives at Best Buy. Enterprise level hardware is much more expensive than the consumer hardware you see at Newegg/Best Buy. They made need additional servers and storage arrays to keep the data plus a system for backup and redundancy.
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I have a couple of 2 and 3 TB HDDs that will store hundreds of hours of video. The cameras in question operate in SD as far as I know, so files shouldn't be all that large.

4TB and larger HDDs are now commonly available in the $100 range, often less with sales or promos.

I don't see the budget issue here.
But stored for how long? You work 8 hours a night 40 hours a week 2080 hours a year... in the corporate world with sarbanes oxley you have to keep records for 7 years so lets use that as a bench mark... in Boise county there are 12 LEO's thats 24960 hours of video a year or 174720 hours of video to be recorded and stored at using just that 7 year bench mark ( i know this is very basic math and I'm not cutting out lunches and time at the office doing paperwork, but I'm also not accounting for overtime)

Now, with evidence and statute of limitations... how far back should we be keeping these recorded videos?

How much would that storage cost for just that 1 county? Now take into consideration all of the other counties in that state?

I like the notion of body cameras... but it is an expensive process to set up such an infrastructure
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But not everything has to be retained. They don't even record much of the shift.

What they do record should be reviewed by independent parties and if there is no 'conflict', it could go un-retained.

Trust me, these small departments get by using retail level hardware stored in an evidence locker. Or desk drawer. No expensive equipment involved. Usually a laptop or desktop to transfer from the camera to a USB based drive. Often done by the deputy/officer themselves with no one to supervise (which should never be allowed).
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