Retaining video evidence for long periods of time can prove expensive, specially for government agencies which are having budget constraints. Therefore, under these circumstances how long should the police maintain video evidence from body worn cameras?
Here’s a list of cities which have specified some time limit formulations to retain non-evidential video
- Charlotte, North Carolina retains video evidence from police body worn cameras for 45 days
- Chicago retains body worn camera videos from police for 90 days
- Dallas retains evidence for 90 days
- Denver retains video evidence for 45 days
- Las Vegas retains video evidence from body worn cameras for 45 days
- Arizona police retain video evidence from body worn cameras for 120 days
- Minneapolis police retains video evidence from body worn cameras for 365 days
- New Orleans police retain video evidence from body worn cameras for 730 days
- New York police retain evidence for 365 days
- California retains evidence gor 730 days
- Phoenix, Arizona retains video evidence for 365 days
- San Jose retains video evidence for 365 days
- Tampa retains evidence from body worn cameras for 90 days
- Tucson retains evidence for 6 months
- Washington DC retains body camera evidence for 90 days and evidential recordings are retained for years.
While legislative outcome on the implementation of body worn cameras still remains a debate, studies indicate that wearing cameras are being associated with dramatic reduction in use-of-force and complaints against police officers.
However, for body worn cameras to deliver on their full potential, law enforcement agencies should grapple with a substantial increase in the amount of video footage that needs to be processed, stored and accessed for both internal and external use.
Thus, the challenge comes down to data storage and for how long it has to be stored on an economic note.
DNF Security offers an economic solution for the police dealing with issues related to storage of video evidence from body worn cameras. DNF Falcon series of recording and storage appliances can be integrated with the company’s Cloud Connection which is a cloud based archival platform.
With this integration, all hot or warm data can be retained on the appliance and the cold data can be moved to cloud for archival purposes. DNF Cloud Connection will offer to users a virtual cloud drive to users which is hosted on Microsoft Azure or the StoneFly Cloud Business Center( Private Cloud).
Users can move the data meant for archival purposes to the said cloud platform to retain video evidence for future purposes. As per you need, you can easily add mass amounts of storage for video archives in a matter of minutes, all without any investment on additional servers and storage appliances. Also it also eliminates management of archives troubles to users.
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