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Binghamton Police Department to Receive 40 New Car Cams

By FOX 40 Staff.
The Binghamton Police Department is installing new police patrol car cameras in up to 20 vehicles.

Mayor Richard C. David today announced the City has ordered 40 police patrol car cameras, in what is being called latest initiative to enhance transparency and accountability within the Binghamton Police Department.

“With the addition of patrol car cameras and body-worn cameras, our police department is well-suited to engage in 21st Century policing — protection for the officers, residents and the City,” said Mayor David. “These technological improvements represent significant investments in public safety as Binghamton leads the pack statewide in proactive, community-focused policing.”

On March 8, the City’s Board of Contract and Supply approved the purchase of 40 patrol car cameras from Taser International.

The City will install two cameras per vehicle, one facing toward the road and one capturing the back seat. The cameras feature a 143-degree lens and low light capabilities.

The cost of the 40 patrol car cameras, 5-year equipment warranty and 5-year unlimited data storage plan is $47,379.74. The initiative is funded through a $37,701 Division of Criminal Justice Services Legislative grant, secured by Sen. Thomas W. Libous and supported by Sen. Fred Akshar, and $9,678.74 from the Binghamton Police Department’s 2016 operating budget.

The camera system will be fully optimized and in service in August. Binghamton is one of the first U.S. law enforcement agencies to utilize Taser International’s new patrol car camera system.

Before this initiative, the City only utilized one patrol car camera in its DWI enforcement vehicle.