Colleyville council approves purchase of in-car police cameras

The Colleyville City Council approved the purchase of new cameras for police vehicles at its meeting on Nov. 21.

The Colleyville City Council approved the purchase of new cameras for police vehicles at its meeting on Nov. 21.

After several questions, Colleyville City Council approved the purchase of an in-car police camera system for all police vehicles during Tuesday's Council meeting.

Interim Police Chief Robert Hinton said the video system records all audio and video interactions police officers have on a daily basis.

"It is a critical component to the police department," Hinton said, adding that video evidence is an expectation of investigations with the district attorney and an expectation from the community, as well.

Hinton said the current system is 11 years old, requires constant attention from the city's IT department and has outlived its usefulness. The new camera system is state of the art and is able to take video inside and outside of the police car or motorcycle, he said.

"Unlike the old system, with this type of system if something major were to happen and [an officer] forgot to turn his camera on, the new technology will allow us to record after the fact," Hinton said. "...Theres a lot of very interesting features with this technology."

The council approved the new video system at a cost not to exceed $183,535. The system should be fully installed within two months.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.