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Palo Alto Police To Get Body-Mounted Video Cameras

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PALO ALTO (KCBS) — The Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved a deal on Monday night that will allow for nine of the city’s police officers to be equipped with body-mounted video cameras.

The approval is part of a $305,000 contract with WatchGuard Video, which also includes replacing obsolete camera systems inside patrol cars, according to a report from the city manager’s office.

The new cameras will be installed in 22 of the department’s 28 patrol cars. Six cars are slated to be replaced and will be equipped with the new system in June.

The new in-car cameras will have better resolution and easier storage. Video can also be streamed live and uploaded wirelessly.

According to the report, the contract also calls for a video system to be installed in a fire department battalion chief’s van.

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