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Meeting Date: 04/02/2019  
Submitted For: Joe Costa Contact: Jean Mitchell, Staff Assistant

COUNCIL ACTION
At the request of Councilmember Brown-Patrick, and the consensus of the Council, this item was removed and will be placed on a future agenda once there is a policy in place that addresses facial recognition procedures.
AGENDA ITEM:
Consider authorizing the City Manager to execute a Service Master Subscription Agreement between NEC Corporation of America and the City of DeSoto for Facial Recognition Software of $30,000 per year with the option to renew for five, one-year periods in the amount of $150,000.
BACKGROUND:
The NEC Corporation is an award winning leader in the development of biometric systems and leads the industry in the versatile implementation of any agency’s integrated system. NEC’s facial recognition program is capable of increasing the identification of criminal suspects, while dramatically decreasing the investigator’s time in attempting to identify suspects through traditional means.  Based on industry research, there are no other systems in existence that come close to the performance of the NEC program software. The software program is capable of solving crimes that were historically unsolvable. Images from Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage and other media sources can be submitted for scanning against an ever-growing database of hundreds of thousands of criminal facial images.  This system will make the investigations more efficient and ultimately assist in the overall achievement of the department’s mission.
FINDINGS:
DeSoto Police Department remains committed by utilizing all available technological advances to maintain a safe environment with a high quality of life.  A recent advance in facial recognition technology that uses the distinct advantage of a “non-contact process” has become available to local law enforcement agencies for use in the identification of individuals involved in criminal activity.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:

The funds are budgeted and approved in the Jail’s Computer Software of $30,000 per year for (5) years in the amount of $150,000.

RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends Council authorize the City Manager to execute the Service Master Subscription Agreement between NEC Corporation of America and the City of DeSoto for Facial Recognition Software of $30,000 per year with the option to renew for five, one-year periods in the amount of $150,000.
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