Vancouver Police Department provides update on camera project

The VPD continues to make progress on implementing the comprehensive camera program that will feature both body-worn cameras and in-car cameras

VANCOUVER – In early 2019 the Vancouver Police Department began the process of researching and analyzing a department camera program and identified several phases and tasks related to implementation of this program.  

The Vancouver Police Department continues to make progress on implementing the comprehensive camera program that will feature both body-worn cameras and in-car cameras. The city of Vancouver has budgeted $3 million for FY 21/22 and is slated to receive $1.5 million in federal funding during 2022 secured by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler to support the program.

The Vancouver Police Department continues to make progress on implementing the comprehensive camera program that will feature both body-worn cameras and in-car cameras.
File photo.

In April 2021, the city of Vancouver procurement process began. This process included participation from two community members who reviewed vendor proposals that were submitted. Several vendors were selected to move forward to the second phase of the selection process, which occurred during the week of August 23, 2021. These vendors then provided in-person, half-day demonstrations of their products to police department and City personnel. 

The procurement process is continuing, and the department will begin testing equipment as part of a pilot program which begins in early November 2021. During the 60-day pilot program, ten officers will be equipped with body-worn cameras, which they will wear during their normal work shifts. Up to six vehicles will also be outfitted with a dash and rear-passenger compartment camera.

Over twenty officers volunteered to sign up for the pilot program. Ten will be selected based on the ability for the department to test during both day and night hours and to outfit officers working various assignments including patrol and traffic. 

In preparation for the full implementation of the program, work has begun to prepare the city of Vancouver Information Technology department and the Vancouver Police Department Records personnel for the new and additional work associated with the camera program. Coordination with Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) is also being done prior to the full implementation. 

The camera program webpage and the Be Heard Vancouver pages have additional information on this program. 

Information provided by Vancouver Police Department.

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