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Kane deputies to get new body, dash camera systems

Sheriff Hain: 'Currently, our program is very outdated'

Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain
Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain

GENEVA – The Kane County Board recently approved a lease for body cameras and in-car camera systems for the Kane County Sheriff’s 65 deputies.

The cost of the five-year contract with Midwest Public Safety Group LLC in Decatur is $650,508.65, Sheriff Ron Hain said.

“This is a project that we’ve been working on back in February to get quotes and an assessment of a dash cam and body camera system for all of our deputies,” Hain said. “Currently, our program is very outdated. We only have dash cams and mixed technologies. We have some antiquated equipment. … This is for all 65 of our deputies to have dash cam and body cam systems on a combined platform.”

The current outdated system does not provide the high quality videos prosecutors need when they’re arguing on the deputies’ behalf in court or when reviewing deputies’ course of actions, Hain said.

The contract is for a Getac Video System that captures video from the front, back seat and rear cameras, documents show.

“The Getac camera one of top three camera systems in the U.S. if not the top two,” Hain said.

The devices are set up with restricted access so the recordings cannot be erased or altered. The system also provides evidence management that allows for streamlining of case related video, pictures and documents, according to documents.

The first year of the lease will be paid out of an overage in the sheriff’s budget for 2020. Hain asked that it be covered for 2021 and beyond.

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