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APD to Get New Dash Cams

The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

August 06, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin police cars will be outfitted with improved dashboard cameras in a plan to abandon use of outdated videotape.

The Austin City Council on Thursday approved spending $15.5 million for the new cameras and digital equipment. The cameras can be set to automatically activate when officers open the doors of the patrol car.

Officers currently must manually start the tapes.

Police say the updated equipment will help with evidence gathering.


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    Jonas

    almost 4 years ago

    42236 Comments

    Good move. Hope it helps a lot. Stay safe APD.

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    VHS is so problem prone and storage is a nightmare of the bulky tapes. Good investment in a tight budget year.

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    darsavmo

    almost 4 years ago

    11356 Comments

    Did not know VHS was still being utilized! Glad they are updating to current technology...

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    clobster

    almost 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    In Seattle they run all the time. Seems like the easiest way to go, but I imagine data storage is a pain.

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 4 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Sounds like an improvement no matter how you look at it.

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    50482 Comments

    Ours are activated when you turn the emergency lights on.

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    mpd165

    almost 4 years ago

    58 Comments

    We have the same system here. It's not perfect by any means, but a huge improvement over our previous VHS system.

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