Meet LE Veteran & Citywide Surveillance Expert Gawain Guedry

By Total Recall Corp. | Viktoriya Vudmaska
Friday, April 6, 2018

I am fortunate to have first-hand experience in what it takes to successfully deploy video surveillance solutions within a municipality. While working for a law enforcement agency, my team was tasked with learning how to deploy surveillance technology within the city in which our agency had a geographical responsibility. Early on, we decided to take a slow and methodical approach to the learning and technology deployment process. We sought the assistance of local academic partners; we developed surveys to understand the needs of our residents, business owners, and area-based first responders. We conducted meetings with governmental and non-governmental leaders, and we talked to other municipalities who had deployed similar solutions. Through this process, we gained a true understanding of what it meant to work together towards the shared goal of improving the quality of life for everyone who resided within and visited, our community.

In addition, we learned that video surveillance solutions do make a difference when deployed in a manner consistent with the needs of a community. I was privileged to have talked directly with citizens and business owners who recognized the positive changes that occurred in their neighborhoods as a result of the public safety cameras we installed. I listened to them praise the increased safety aspects as a result of the technology and ask for additional equipment so that other neighbors would also realize the benefits they achieved.

WHAT NEEDS DO LAW ENFORCEMENT, CITIES, AND GOVERNMENTS HAVE THAT DIFFER FROM, FOR EXAMPLE, A REGULAR COMMERCIAL BUSINESS?

A significant differentiator between government and business centers is the need for tax revenue as a primary funding source. Government leaders who had budgetary responsibilities during the economic downturn of 2008 and 2009 garnered an immediate and long-lasting education on the need to maximize value on capital and smaller line-item expenditures. Having been in a management position with budgetary responsibilities during that time, I needed reliable and well-designed technological solutions so that I would not have to worry about replacing equipment before the life expectancy was achieved. Had my team and I not planned and this occurred, it would likely have resulted in a negative impact on other budgetary mandates, potentially reducing or eliminating our ability to meet other needs.

The Total Recall team understands the budgetary constraints facing governmental leaders. My colleagues have been dedicated to developing solutions that are built to last and engineered to provide results that can enhance the capabilities of an organization’s human capital. Maximizing the value of every single tax dollar is critical to government leaders today, and at Total Recall we have solutions designed to meet those expectations.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACED BY CITIES AS IT RELATES TO SECURITY?

One of the biggest challenges facing many cities, in terms of security, is a difficulty in achieving appropriate officer-to-citizen ratios. For various reasons, many police departments are operating at less-than-optimal staffing levels, which can affect their ability to do more than just respond to calls for service. In my experience, public safety is always enhanced when police personnel and citizens have opportunities to collaborate on solutions to improve quality of life.

Establishing such a technology partnership in which citizens and officers can work together is a great example of how community safety can be improved and citizen-officer relationships enhanced, even if cities are having difficulty appropriately staffing their police departments.

DO VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS FOR SMALLER CITES DIFFER FROM THE NEEDS OF LARGER CITIES?

I do not believe video surveillance needs differ based on the size of a city. All geographies experience crime and disorder, and you can calculate the resulting effect based on population size. While the quantifiable impact is realized through real crime data, the qualifiable impact is achieved through the perception of safety by a community’s residents, business owners, and tourists.