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January 30, 2011
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Digital video coming soon to N.C. police cars

Burlington Police will be upgrading to new Panasonic video system

By Molly McGowan
Burlington Times-News

BURLINGTON, N.C. - Come springtime, the Burlington Police Department will be significantly upgrading its in-car video system from outdated VHS technology to a digital system from Panasonic.

Presented by Capt. Eric Kerns at the city council retreat Thursday, the new Arbitrator system was chosen after reviewing six companies’ digital in-car solutions. With its improved technology, the new system offers multiple benefits the current VHS system does not, Kerns said.

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For 10 months, the Burlington Police Department collaborated with city of Burlington Information Technology and the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office to decide on the best recording system to use. Kerns said a video recording system enhances officer safety, minimizes liability, provides visual documentation of encounters and thereby aids officers in courtroom testimonies.Mayor Pro Tem David Huffman agreed and said, “(The videos) back police officers up 99 percent of the time in the courtroom.”

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