As an added level of accountability, city police may soon be equipped with dashboard cameras and body cameras.
Rochester Police Chief Gary Boudreau asked the City Council for a waiver of the bid process to purchase the equipment. Initially, police presented the council with a proposal for $150,000 for the project. Of that, $125,000 was listed as an upfront fee, with a yearly fee of $40,000 for licensing and software.
The council approved the waiver after hearing the chief’s explanation.
Boudreau said after determining most firms used a five-year contract, with a subscription fee, requiring $15,000 up front and a subscription fee of $50,000, police reconsidered the necessity of a bid process. This is because they already have had in-cruiser cameras for over a decade, through WatchGuard, the same company that is providing equipment to the Strafford County Sheriffs Department.