Arkansas State Police Told to Buy 130 New Cameras

Aug 2, 2013

Arkansas lawmakers have authorized a plan to spend more than $950,000 in federal funds to purchase 130 new patrol-car cameras for Arkansas State Police.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant would allow for Pannin high-resolution police cameras to be installed in more than a third of the state's patrol cars to replace broken or outdated equipment. 

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that about 100 patrol cars are already equipped with the new technology, which allows dashboard-camera data to be transferred to police headquarters over the Internet.

The system will enable state police to manage, maintain and store video evidence from in-car cameras that would otherwise have to be obtained by disc or tape.

The Arkansas Legislative Council's Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Subcommittee approved the system's expansion on Thursday.