The Shawnee County Department of Corrections (SNDOC) located at Topeka, Kan. says Avigilon’s high-definition surveillance system has helped maintain order at the facility by curbing inmate misconduct.
Faced with more than 300 incidents of inmate misconduct each year including assault, theft, vandalism and fraud, the SNDOC was unable to deliver the video evidence needed to successfully investigate and prosecute most of those cases with its previous analog-based surveillance system. “Our investigations were at best crippled, and in most cases utterly worthless,” said Capt. Timothy Phelps.
However, “since deploying the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, we`ve easily tripled the number of cases we have sent for prosecution and they have all been successful,” Phelps said.
The department has installed 110 Avigilon HD cameras—ranging from 5MP to 16MP, including panoramic 180 and 360 Internet protocol (IP) dome cameras with audio recording—in each housing module, secure hallway, the main parking lot and at entrances.
In addition, the facility has installed 79 Avigilon analog video encoders to improve the performance and manageability of its existing analog cameras. Corrections personnel manage the Avigilon high-definition surveillance solution using the Avigilon Control Center network video management software with high-definition stream management technology.
The SNDOC monitors the system around-the-clock and stores 30 days of continuous surveillance video on six Avigilon network video recorders. The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system has also been integrated into the department’s electronic security system that controls access at secure entrances for those who do not have access control cards.