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Surprise Police Department Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, Arizona 85374
Office 623.222.4000
Fax 623.222.4008
www.surpriseaz.gov/police
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For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Sergeant Mike Donovan 
Public Information Officer
Office: 623.222.4044
policepio@surpriseaz.gov
 

Surprise Police enhance enforcement with body cams

Surprise, AZ (August 13, 2013) Following a year-long research and training period, the Surprise Police Department will be working toward issuing body worn cameras to all patrol officers.

“These cameras add a new level of documentation that will be very useful to officers and residents, as they capture video and audio during a traffic stop or at a crime scene in varying light and audio situations,” says Police Chief Mike Frazier. 

Frazier says department research also discovered that other communities reported declines in police encounter complaints after body cameras were put into use. “In fact, officials in Rialto, California noted police encounter complaints declined in one year from 24 to 3 once they began using the cameras. The video and audio takes the ‘he said, she said’ element away by providing an exact picture of what really happens during these encounters.”

The cameras, equipped with microphones, are a little larger than a computer thumb drive and can be affixed to an officer’s hat, sunglasses, shirt collar or shoulders.

Surprise Police wear-tested three different camera styles before selecting the Taser Axon Flex body camera for its patrol officers.

The cost, $226,717, is for 61 cameras, warranty and server space to store the videos. The majority of the cost was paid for using assets seized during criminal investigations.  A grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will fund half the cost of six cameras for officers assigned to the Traffic Unit.