Houston Police Department Deploys VISTA™ HD Body Cameras

ALLEN, TX: April 15, 2016

Deployment of 4,100 WatchGuard Video VISTA HD Body Cameras begins in fourth largest city in the United States.

Houston-Police-Body-CameraThe Houston Police Department has begun deployment of 4,100 VISTA HD Body Cameras manufactured by WatchGuard Video, technology pioneer and market leader for law enforcement video solutions. The high-performance camera, designed and manufactured in Texas, will be worn by all Houston police officers interacting with the public as defined by the agency’s policies.

“This department has gone to great lengths to choose the best camera for this department,” said Houston Police Department Captain Mike Skillern in an open roll call to officers.

The project leading up to the deployment started in December, 2013 when HPD initiated a one-year pilot program in which 100 officers wore body cameras daily. At the end of the one-year program, a comprehensive evaluation was completed with officers providing feedback on the pilot.

“This deployment is the culmination of an extensive and thorough vetting of our product by the Houston Police Department,” said Stephen Coffman, President of WatchGuard Video.

Houston-Police-Body-Camera-close-upThe ruggedized cameras will be deployed to all patrol and supervisory first responders, Investigative First Responders (IFR), Crime Reduction Units (CRU), and officers on uniformed extra job assignments. Each camera will be uniquely, internally registered to a specific officer.

“Today we begin the process of becoming the largest city to deploy body cameras,” said City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “It is my hope that these cameras show what we already know, that the overwhelming majority of officers are dedicated and committed to the City of Houston and keeping it safe.”

“HPD is taking a smart and practical approach to body camera use and evidence management,” continues Coffman. “We look forward to helping the police department use the highest-quality digital video evidence to increase operational transparency and improve police-community relations.”

Video from April 14, 2016 HPD Press Conference can be downloaded here: http://goo.gl/OQSJAq

About WatchGuard Video

Allen, Texas-based WatchGuard Video, technology pioneer and market leader for law enforcement video systems, helps agencies capture the whole truth with the most reliable, durable and highest-quality products: Panoramic X2™ 4RE® in-car and VISTA™ body-worn HD cameras. The company supplies one-third of law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada. WatchGuard's engineering investments in video, including more than $50 million in R&D, have resulted in numerous technological breakthroughs, such as Record-After-the-Fact™ technology and the first in-car, dual-lens panoramic camera, as well as 26 patents issued or pending.

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