- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - It’s been a year since the Coralville Police Department first outfitted its officers with body cameras, and now the department is struggling with how to store the vast amount of video footage.

The Coralville City Council recently authorized more than $18,000 for the police department to upgrade its computer servers and purchase additional digital storage space for its body and dash camera data, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported (https://icp-c.com/1OFoZDr ).

The new hard drives are necessary, Police Chief Barry Bedford said, because the department significantly underestimated how much storage space would be needed to retain video data for the long term.

Coralville’s 33 officers upload an average of about 70 videos per day, Bedford said.

In 2014, when Coralville spent $15,150 in civil asset forfeiture funds for 15 new cameras, it also purchased six terabytes of storage space. But after just six months of officers uploading their recordings at the end of each shift, it became apparent that wasn’t enough. The new purchase would expand the department’s video storage capacity to 60 terabytes, with another 60 used for backup and housed in a separate building.

“We may not know for months or years whether we need it or not,” Bedford said.

Bedford said the department wants to retain all video files for two years, which is the statute of limitations for civil tort action. That’s also the length of time recommended by the Johnson County Attorney’s Office, federal agencies and national organizations, he said.


Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, https://www.press-citizen.com/

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