NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s been two years since funding was first approved for Metro police body cameras and still officers don’t have them.
At News 2’s Mayoral Debate on Tuesday, Mayor David Briley indicated that any delays to deploying body cameras would be over.
“They will be in the field this fall.”
We reached out to Metro police, and they told us that they can’t order cameras just yet. In a full statement to News 2, Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said,
“Metro Purchasing is working on a contract, with the vendor, WatchGuard, once the contract is signed the police department’s information technology division will begin implementation of the storage and server infrastructure to support the WatchGuard system. The implementation of the storage and information infrastructure would be particular to and tailored to the WatchGuard system. We anticipate the first equipment camera hardware, arriving in the fall of 2019. The body camera and the car camera are part of the same system, so there will need to be installation in every patrol car.”
“There is a misnomer that’s its easy as clipping a camera to your shirt and going to work, it’s much more complicated than pinning a camera on on a shirt and going to work. Storage mechanisms and the infrastructure to support the WatchGuard system have to be put in place. The bottom line is that this going to be done right and the police department is not authoring the contract of WatchGuard. Metro Purchasing is the doing the contract and then our people are going to set up, implementing the storage and infrastructure plan and getting the servers in place, The first equipment is anticipated in the fall. No orders have been placed because of the contract situation. This is an expensive contract and the language of the contract is being written.”