Los Banos Police Rely on Toughbook Arbitrator 360° for Mobile Video

Video is becoming an increasingly critical component of police work. As evidence, video is second-to-none, but law enforcement agencies must be sure their recording systems are up to the job.

[pullquote]“We are well beyond where we were with our original video solution and have been extremely pleased with the functionality of the Arbitrator solution.” [/pullquote]According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice, the majority of the nation’s police departments and sheriff’s offices now use video solutions in their vehicles. One of them, the Los Banos Police Department in California, has chosen the Panasonic Toughbook Arbitrator 360° mobile digital video solution as a robust, reliable solution that enables efficient communications and evidence management.

Located in Central California, the City of Los Banos has used video recording equipment for evidence collection in all of its squad cars since 2007. However, in 2012 the failing equipment was increasingly costly to maintain. The cameras were becoming outdated, and the video quality began degrading significantly.

After contacting other agencies to collect information about the video solutions they were utilizing, the city’s Director of Information Technology Rick Spalding engaged with technology solutions provider DataSource Mobility to discuss deploying the Toughbook Arbitrator 360° in the city’s squad cards.

Spalding told the solutions provider he was looking for a video solution that provided:

  1. Searchable video content
  2. Reliable and durable equipment
  3. Access to dispatch and DMV information
  4. Ability to correspond with dispatch and officers via messaging

Arbitrator360After an extensive RFP process, considering a range of solutions and reviewing recommendations of other police departments, the city’s police and IT staff determined that a fully integrated solution including the Toughbook Arbitrator 360° system and the Panasonic Toughbook 31 rugged laptop, which acts as the in-vehicle PC and server for the camera, was the best solution for the department.

“We needed a high-quality, reliable solution that would provide all of the search capabilities and communication modules to support our officers,” Spalding said. “The Panasonic Arbitrator has proven to be a great asset. We are well beyond where we were with our original video solution and have been extremely pleased with the functionality of the Arbitrator solution.”

With their new in-car digital video systems, police officers are able to access information while in their vehicles related to calls, and they can review/search videos for evidentiary purposes. The video evidence solution meets all evidence chain-of-custody requirements and has decreased litigious suits against the city.

To learn more about the Los Banos Police Department’s Toughbook Arbitrator 360° deployment, download the full case study from the Panasonic Solutions for Business website.