The police department recommends the council approve this request and allow the police department to purchase up to 6 Traffic Cameras.
Two years ago, the police department purchased one 4 camera Traffic pod and placed this system at the intersection of Fifth and Elm Avenue.
Since this camera has been at this location, it has recorded several traffic collisions and part of a shooting. This equipment is assisting the police department by providing video of accidents that can assist the officers in determining how a collision occurred and the district attorneys office in prosecution of crimes.
With the recent shootings in the city and the need for video policing, the police department would like authorization to purchase up to 6 Satellite cameras that house two to three cameras in each pod. Three of the cameras will be LPR cameras which are License Plate Readers. The LPR cameras will assist the department in shooting investigations and fleeing vehicles that were involved in traffic collisions.
The Coalinga Huron Parks and Recreation District also purchased the same cameras and have placed them in several locations to assist them in monitoring their property. I will be contacting the Park and Recreation Department to get permission to assist them in monitoring their cameras from dispatch.
The department recommends using the same company we purchased our original system from, Security Lines US, so the new camera will work with out any issues.
The quote obtained for this project is $22,860.33.
Do not authorize.
V. FISCAL IMPACT:
There would be no fiscal impact to the city's general fund and the Police Department will be using $4,880.00 from it's BSCC account and $17,980.33 form the department's State Asset Forfeiture account which has a current balance of $32,448.96.