US Border Patrol signs $13M contract with Axon to provide agents with body cameras

3800 agents will be equipped with body cameras, company says

Axon – the company that equips police departments nationwide with body-worn cameras and related technology – has signed on to provide similar services to U.S. Border Patrol agents, the company announced Wednesday.

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The U.S. Customs & Border Protection has signed a $13 million contract with Axon to supply 3,800 agents with the body cameras and the company’s cloud-based platform, known as the Incident-Driven Video Recording System, officials announced.

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“Axon is proud to partner with the U.S. Border Patrol, in a joint effort to increase safety and transparency,” said Richard Coleman, Axon’s federal vice president and general manager, in a statement to FOX Business. “Our connected body camera system will help protect agents and community members, so that CBP can best serve the American public."

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The cameras will be rolled out starting in 2020 and into 2021, officials said. They will be distributed to agents in CBP sectors located in San Diego, Calif.; Yuma and Tucson, Ariz.; El Paso, Big Bend, Del Rio and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas; and the northern border of Swanton, Vermont.

The CBP announced the news in a similar press release last week.

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