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Murray Announces $1 Million for Seattle Police Department

Jul 16 2002

Funding will help Seattle to deploy the nation's first digital video surveillance cameras to keep citizens safe

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $1 million in the fiscal year 2003 Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary (CJSJ) Appropriations bill to support the Seattle Police Department's efforts to equip police cars with digital video surveillance cameras.

A member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Murray secured the funding to help make Seattle's surveillance system the first truly digital system in the country.

"Our men and women in uniform put themselves at risk everyday to ensure the safety of all of our families," Senator Murray said. "They deserve the best and most modern technology to help them do their jobs. These cameras will protect our officers and the public."

Video cameras in police vehicles serve to bolster prosecution of criminal violations and traffic infractions, improve officer safety and provide an objective record of police and citizen interaction.

While VHS systems are widely used throughout the country, the tracking and storage is difficult and the technology is expected to be outdated within three to five years. Digital information can be managed, tracked and stored more easily and wireless systems will allow law enforcement to review remote images on a "real-time" basis.

"This digital technology will put our Seattle police force on the cutting edge of law enforcement technology and will help keep our neighborhoods and communities safe," Murray said.