Fort Collins Police Services boasts so many video cameras that the Colorado department appears to be on an episode of COPS. But instead of appearing on TV, the city is using video from those cameras to enhance public safety, boost accountability and record important evidence.
The Fort Collins deployment includes body-worn cameras, dash-mounted and back seat cameras in patrol cars, and surveillance cameras throughout headquarters. “Nowadays, unless it’s captured on video, it’s become more of a he-said, she-said conversation, so video is critical,” says Mary Moore, technical services manager for Fort Collins Police Services. “In the interview room, video provides key pieces of evidence. In the past, officers would have to testify from interview notes or rely on what they thought they saw.”