City seeks bids for body cams

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When four Colorado Springs police officers drew down and shot gunman Noah Harpham on Saturday, none was wearing body cameras. Neither were their cruisers equipped with dash-cams.

But the city is moving forward with acquiring body cams and has issued a request for proposals, according to the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing website.

COURTESY CSPD
  • Courtesy CSPD
The RFP, for a two-year contract with eight one-year options to renew, was issued October 19 and proposals are due on November 20.

Here's the description:
The City of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) request
proposals from qualified firms/companies to provide body-worn video camera systems
that are flexible, reliable and weather-resistant for approximately 500 sworn officers; as
well as provide Managed Services. The duration of the resulting Contract will be two
Base Years with option years.

CSPD desires to assign each officer a complete camera system. The camera system
should have the ability to record video segments with at least a 30-second, video-only
buffer and tag each video segment with metadata from the field via a mobile device or
Mobile Data Computer (MDC). It is preferred that the system have the capability to
integrate with CSPD Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System
(RMS), automatically tagging the video with call screen and case number data. The
recorded video should be viewable, but not editable in the field through the use of a
mobile device or MDT.

The camera must be simple to use and the managed digital storage service must have
the capability to store all recorded video evidence in a Criminal Justice Information
System (CJIS) compliant environment. The Managed Services must include the ability
for video evidence to be shared electronically with prosecutors and other outside
entities.

Based upon National benchmarks, it is estimated that each officer will record, on
average, 2.5 hours of video per day for each of their 4 shifts per week. Based on that assumption, we estimate that there may be a total of 250,000 hours of recorded video per year. It is further estimated that 70% of recorded video will not be retained for longer than 45 days. The current estimate for storage requirements for content longer than 45 days and less than 1 year is 25%, and for video that must be stored for more than a year is 5%.
A pre-proposal meeting will be held tomorrow morning, November 4.

Read the full RFP here:
See related PDF BodyCamRFP.pdf

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