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Police issue RFP for hundreds of body cams

An Axon body camera adopted by the Bermuda Police Service in 2015 (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

The Bermuda Police Service are looking to purchase hundreds of new body cameras, according to a recently issued request for proposal.

The RFP, published on the Government’s procurement website, sought proposals for body cameras and video storage systems.

“Specifically, the BPS request quotations for 200, 300 and 400 devices and an on-premise video storage solution that can effectively manage, retrieve and share digital video and audio,” the RFP stated.

The RFP said vendors would need to demonstrate a “proven track record” in designing and maintaining high-quality body-worn cameras and back-end servers.

“In addition, vendors should also offer user-friendly body-worn video cameras specifically intended for public safety purposes, provide advanced functionality, and offer robust recording and storage capabilities,” RFP documents stated.

“The vendor's proposal must include all necessary components, including hardware installation and configuration, software development and integration, peripheral hardware and software, technical support, and on-site training and certification for operators and administrators.

“Furthermore, the selected vendor must provide a comprehensive Service Agreement that includes service on equipment, hardware and software for a period of three years, with an option to renew for an additional one year.”

The deadline for applications was listed as 4pm on January 10, with the anticipated execution date of the agreement by April 1.

The Bermuda Police Service have been using body cameras since 2015, with the first 117 cameras put into use in October that year as part of an effort to improve evidence gathering and reduce the number of complaints against officers.

Once turned on, the cameras record a constant 30-second video-only loop until the officer presses a button, at which point the camera saves the previous 30 seconds and begins to record both video and audio until deactivated.

The footage is then uploaded to a secure online server so it can be preserved for use at court or other inquiries.

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Published November 28, 2023 at 7:54 am (Updated November 28, 2023 at 7:36 am)

Police issue RFP for hundreds of body cams

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