Police Cameras Present Challenge, Opportunity For Backup

Police Cameras Present Challenge, Opportunity For Backup

By Chris Brunau

With the increased adoption of body cameras for police officers across the country, there may be a new hurdle to clear for using this technology effectively: storing the data.

According to Computerworld, police departments are running into the issue of a lack of storage space. In some states, retention laws don’t quite line up with the current technology, so police departments have to determine their own policies in order to have enough space to save evidence.

Many departments keep video for 30 to 60 days, according to the Wall Street Journal. However, if the video is evidence in a criminal case, it will be kept longer; and most states require that video in a homicide be kept indefinitely.

Traditionally, government agencies have been reluctant to adopt cloud technology. Government agencies are not only behind the private sector when it comes to adoption, they’re also behind their own projections. However, some departments, like the NSA, have begun to move some of their infrastructure to the cloud given the cost benefits are simply too good to ignore. The NSA is estimating that they will save up to 55 percent on infrastructure costs by moving their data to the cloud.

A current issue that may be hindering the adoption of a cloud-based services when it comes to storage is trust. Typically, evidence is stored in a hard copy of some form, and that hard copy is locked in a police station. While relying solely on a hard copy isn’t the best solution, some departments are hesitant to disrupt the status quo and use a cloud service.

Police departments may now need to consider their data storage systems and architecture give the introduction of body cameras for their offices. Given the hesitation to go all in on the cloud, departments may want to consider a hybrid approach to cloud storage as it offers the best of both worlds.

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