WSP patrol cars upgraded with cameras, computers

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by Othello Richards & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 8:43 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Washington State Patrol is working to catch up with the times.

The agency installed dash cameras and mobile computers in patrol cars.  It is part of the Mobile Office Platform.
 
The upgrades are part of more than $10,000,000 in funding from the state legislature.  Prior to the upgrades, troopers relied solely on communicating through the radio.  Now, the information the trooper needs appears in front of them on a screen in just a few strokes.

All new state patrol vehicles will be outfitted with a dash camera, as well as, a second camera pointing to the backseat.  Authorities said it gives troopers the ability to document everything suspects are doing.  They add WSP lagged in getting the upgrades due in large part to the cost to equip more than 600 patrol cars with the equipment.

The goal is to have every patrol car equipped by 2017.

 

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