The Village of Schaumburg has appropriated $334,620 to equip all of their police squad cars and motorcycles with cameras. The Village has hired CDS Office Technologies to provide 40 in camera systems for the Villages police cars and motorcycles. The Village is paying $34,802 of the cost while the remainder is being paid by the State of Illinois. The plan is to install the Panasonic Toughbook Arbitrator 360 degree system in all the squad cars. The system will feature a forward facing camera in front of the squad car, a rear facing camera and two outward side facing cameras. The camera installation is expected to be completed by January of 2013. The purpose is to provide for officer safety and to provide evidence in criminal cases, such as DUI cases. Another reason for installing cameras is to assist in cases where citizens file complaints against police officers. A 2006 study the International Association of Chiefs of Police shows that roughly half of such complaints are withdrawn once video evidence is shown. The cameras will only be installed in vehicles driven by patrol officers. They will not be installed in vehicles driven by detectives, community service officers or canine units.
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