Police for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will receive new technology in their vehicles.
Axon announced that the department intends to deploy Axon Fleet 3 in-car cameras with Axon's AI-powered automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology, as well as Axon Body 3 cameras to VA police officers across all Veterans Integrated Services Networks (VISNs).
"Our mission is to deliver professional law enforcement and security services, and the protection of persons and property on VA campuses; as well as the building's under the jurisdiction of the Department of Veterans Affairs," said Troy Brown, director of VA Law Enforcement Services. "That includes ensuring the safety of our Veterans, their care givers and VA employees at all medical centers and clinics. By providing our police officers, detectives and special agents with real time visibility and situational awareness, we ensure a safe environment for our Veterans across the healthcare system."
VA Police will also use Axon's real-time situational awareness software, Axon Respond, and Axon's digital evidence management system, Axon Evidence, which is a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorized platform. The recently signed $60 million IDIQ contract has the potential to expand over time, according to a press release.
The technology will enable faster response times, improve transparency, and strengthen officer performance and safety, Axon reported. Digital evidence collected by VA officers will be securely stored and managed in Axon Evidence, which is authorized by FedRAMP. This authorization confirms that Axon's cloud storage has been reviewed and approved by the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the General Services Administration. FedRAMP empowers agencies to use modern cloud technologies, with an emphasis on security and protection of federal information. Axon is currently the only FedRAMP-authorized digital evidence management system cloud service provider, according to the press release.