Arkansas Highway Police Uploads Video Evidence Using FirstNet

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The Arkansas Highway Police has a lot of territory to cover with one central headquarters. Watch how they take advantage of WatchGuard’s 4RE in-car video and FirstNet cellular-upload technology to save time and money while capturing video evidence.

Capturing Video Evidence Transcript

Jay Thompson, Chief of Police

Arkansas Highway Police serve over 53,000 square miles of land over 16,000 miles of highways. We protect the infrastructure on a daily basis. Outside of that, we’re full-fledged law enforcement who serve and protect the citizens, the property and life in the state of Arkansas.

Clyde Crookham, Sergeant

Our old camera system, it was just outdated, pretty much at the end of its lifespan. The chief asked me to look in to see what we can do about the camera system. I checked around different departments and the WatchGuard system is highly recommended by several different departments. And I compared the WatchGuard system to several other camera systems and it met all the needs our department required.

Jay Thompson, Chief of Police

The WatchGuard camera system, when you look at it, when you play it back, when you review it, the video footage and the audio footage is second to none in our opinion, so we’re very happy with it.

Clyde Crookham, Sergeant

Our old camera system, the officer’d have to take it, remove a hard drive, bring it into a location that had a server, plug it into the server to download and then stick a fresh hard drive in a car. Some of the officers live an hour, two hours away from the closest server.

Jay Thompson, Chief of Police

It wasn’t very efficient having to have an officer drive an hour or 30 minutes to upload video, so that’s the reason we looked at using cellular data. Today an officer can upload his or her video wherever they’re at as long as they have cellular connectivity, so when you look at the time savings there just alone, it’s just astronomical.

Clyde Crookham, Sergeant

So it’s all centrally located here in Little Rock, and when they connect to it, it all comes right back to us. The old systems, they go on the server and 24 hours later be transferred to us, which takes up a lot of time for the officer. This way they really don’t have to do nothing except plug in their laptop to it, start the car and go.

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