County commissioners approve body cameras for law enforcement, bike sharing system

County commissioners approve body cameras for law enforcement, bike sharing system

Washoe County Commissioners approved several actions during their meeting on Tuesday, March 13.

Commissioners approved vendor implemented body-worn and vehicle-mounted cameras for law enforcement.

The City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County have mutually agreed upon equipment from Axon Enterprise, Inc. to provide body worn cameras for the region.

Senate Bill 176 passed during the 2017 legislative session which requires uniformed peace officers employed by a law enforcement agency to wear a portable recording device, or body camera. SB 176 also allows the use of the 911 telephone line surcharge to be used for the purchase and maintenance of both wearable and vehicle-mounted recording devices.

All three entities have mutually agreed upon Axon Enterprise, Inc. as the vendor to purchase body-worn cameras for the region. Research by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office determined a greater discount was available through a Joinder Contract through the State of Nevada, meaning if all three jurisdictions select the same vendor, a significant discount would be available. The estimated expenditures are $730,579.25 per the 5-year contract term.

The goal is to use E-911 telephone line surcharges to fund this expense. The required ordinance changes and the associated E-911 fee surcharge resolution are expected to be heard for the second reading and final adoption at the March 27, 2018 Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Commissioners also approved a pilot program to implement a Regional Bike Share System.

An inter-local agreement between the City of Reno, the Regional Transportation Commission, the City of Sparks. the University of Nevada, Reno, and Washoe County has been approved.

The agreement allows the entities to implement a Regional Bike Share System pilot program, through December 31, 2018 with the ability to extend the program.

The program began with the research phase back in 2015, and in 2017 community and industry forums were conducted to learn more about the bike share model in the Truckee Meadows. On January 9, 2018 the Board of County Commissioners directed staff to pursue a dockless bike share pilot program.

A dockless system offers bikes available for check-in and check-out at any bike share location without the requirement of racks or designated parking areas. The dockless system is privately funded and requires permitting through the local jurisdictions.

With Tuesday's vote, the Cities of Reno and Sparks along with Washoe County will contract one bike share vendor to implement the pilot program.

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