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Police Foundation provides critical Equipment upgrades

Throughout 2014, The Police Foundation of Colorado Springs has supported police department programs and projects through their generous funding efforts.  The latest project is the upgrade of interview rooms throughout the department to include substations.  Both the camera systems and the video recording equipment have been upgraded throughout the department. The Police Foundation assisted the project with funding for a Victim Friendly interview room, to include furniture for the room.  Additionally, the Foundation funded the upgrade of technology for two of the sub-stations.

The previous system was a Windows based XP program which is no longer supported by Information Technology for the City.  The new system operates with Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) video management software which runs on a server in the City IT Data Center.  The new system is user friendly and captures high quality video.

This project includes the following improvements:

  • Replaces closed circuit video management solution for a Victim Friendly interview room in the Police Operations Center (POC)
  • Adds Interview room recording capability at two police department substations
  • Remove dependency on local desktop devices to record and distribute video

A specific interview room for victims has been created to reduce the stress on victims making them more comfortable after a traumatic situation.  The interview room will be designed similar to a living room setting while still allowing for recording of the victim’s statements.

Kyle Hybl, Chairman of the Police Foundation remarked, “Police Foundation of Colorado Springs is proud to support the police department’s internationally recognized Victim Advocacy Unit in its effort to support victims of violent crime and to help as they work to restore their quality of life. The Foundation’s grant will help the Unit’s staff and volunteers provide a more compassionate interview space and discreet transportation to crime victims in our community. The Foundation is also grateful to Joe and Ann McCloskey of McCloskey Motors for its support and its generous contribution to the Colorado Springs Police Department and the Victim Advocacy Unit."