Just minutes after 10 Investigates revealed the Columbus Police patrol car camera network wasn't working, the department launched a complete audit of their system. They found dozens of cars couldn't record any dashcam video.
Police launched their audit at 7:00 Wednesday night to discover the scope of the problem. Columbus Police discovered 31 patrol cars had cards that were full of video, meaning they could not record anymore.
The Police Union's President revealed to 10 Investigates that patrol officers often were kept off the streets for hours during their shifts. That's because they had to wait in the police garage uploading video to a computer that was full.
Deputy Police Chief Michael Woods said hopes for a quick fix ended Wednesday night, "We actually tried to see if we could bring the system back up slowly so we didn't overburden it. We took one or two cars to a hot spot, we tested it and we thought, we'll see if this will work. It just didn't come back to life as we wanted it to.”
Columbus Police says that the Mayor’s office paid for this video fix with emergency spending. The Mayor’s office says the money comes from technology funds, but did not disclose an amount.
Columbus is testing out having officers wear cameras on their uniforms. They call this system crash a major lesson for running that camera system when it comes online.
Police have to keep all videos that are part of a court case at least two years for evidence.