BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Biloxi Police Department has been approved to upgrade their body cameras. Although the department has had them for quite some time, Chief John Miller says they're long overdue for new and improved cameras that will better equip the department.
Chief Miller says storage issues and grainy footage are two of the issues the old body cameras present.
"Taxpayers won't be funding it, and we think it's the right way to go. We think it's time, like I said the body cams we were using are really not designed for what we using them for," said Miller.
The new ones come with a more than $350,000 price tag. But that's for 120 body cameras, 100 wi-fi hot spots which would allow officers to instantly upload video, and new uniforms that would fit with the new cameras.
"It really fits the bill for us. It's not the most expensive out there, but it's certainly not the cheapest either," said Miller.
Biloxi city council members approved moving the drug forfeiture money into the department's equipment budget so they can proceed with ordering the equipment.
"For about two and a half years we've been looking at different body camera systems trying to get the best price. We want to get the best quality that we could for the price," said Miller.
Chief Miller said the cameras are top of the line. The company they have chosen is called Utility. Miller has been in contact with the company for quite some time, and he's especially impressed with some of the features offered.
"One is an officer down feature. If the camera is not on, and the officer goes to the ground it automatically comes on," said Miller.
It can also be set to start recording when the blue lights are turned on or when the door is opened. But the most important feature for Miller is the additional storage space.