Gwinnett commissioners approve body cameras for law enforcement

Gwinnett County Police officers will soon be wearing body cameras, as county commissioners approved a $30,666 contract for the equipment on Tuesday.

The contract is on a quarterly basis, and can be renewed for a period of five years, three months at a total cost of $4.4 million, according to county documents.

“Body-worn cameras can improve the quality of our high quality public service expected from out police department, sheriff’s department and corrections department,” said Police Chief Butch Ayers, addressing commissioners during their work session.

The contract was awarded to Axon Enterprise, Inc., which apparently scored highest among the nine bidding firms, and it includes a data management system and all the necessary licenses required.

“Body-worn cameras can effectively capture incidents between officers and citizens that can be of evidentiary value on solving criminal activity,” said Ayers.

The initial contract expires on Dec. 31.

The program is expected to be fully implemented in the first two quarters of 2018.

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