Axon Supplies CBP with Body Cameras, Digital Evidence Management System
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | Comments

Axon announced that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) signed a $13 million contract to equip 3,800 border patrol agents with Axon Body 3 cameras backed by Axon Evidence.

Axon Evidence is a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) FedRAMP-authorized cloud-based digital evidence management solution available to federal law enforcement. The order was received in the third quarter of 2020 and will ship in multiple phases throughout 2020 and 2021.

The Axon Incident-Driven Video Recording System (IDVRS) will provide additional documentation during enforcement incidents and provide invaluable evidence to support agents as they do their job. These cameras will also provide a layer of transparency that benefits both the agents and the public. This new technology will allow CBP to be more efficient and better serve the American public.

Beginning in the spring of 2021, the IDVRS will be deployed in phases to the San Diego, Yuma, Tucson, El Paso, Big Bend, Del Rio, Rio Grande Valley and Swanton sectors.

"Axon is proud to partner with the world class law enforcement agency that is the U.S. Border Patrol,” said Axon Federal Vice President and General Manager Richard Coleman. “We will increase agent safety and allow for more accountability with our new body camera program of record. We look forward to continuing our support of the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection."

Policies guiding the use of the IDVRS are in their early stages, and specific details regarding the rollout of the system will be forthcoming in spring 2021.

CBP conducted a body-worn camera feasibility study in 2014, followed by a six-month operational evaluation in 2018. The evaluation recommended a targeted deployment to locations where cameras can provide the greatest benefit to both the public and agents.

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