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Mayor Robert Palmieri today announced major upgrades to the City’s Armadillo to serve as a tool for the Utica Police Department (UPD) to help combat public nuisance and enhance Quality of Life for residents. 


The upgrades were possible as a result of collaboration between the Mayor, UPD personnel and the Common Council, especially Councilwoman Maria McNiel. 


Included in the upgrades are the following;

  • Six fixed mount digital cameras
  • 2 PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) digital cameras
  • 360-degree video coverage
  • Ability to store and recover video footage for up to 65 days
  • Extended battery life enabling deployment of the Armadillo for 7 days with continuous video surveillance
  • Ability to live stream video footage to the Mohawk Valley Crime Analysis Center and via an app on command staff smart phones


Mayor Palmieri stated, “Public Safety and Quality of Life are an upmost priority for any municipality.  Improving and upgraded the Armadillo is a tool law enforcement can utilize to achieve both these priorities. 


Police Chief Mark Williams stated, “Technology is an integral part of policing today.  UPD would like to thank Mayor Palmieri, Councilwoman McNiel and all of the members of the Common Council for their support of public safety and for allocating the funding that enabled us to equip the Armadillo with the most up to date technology. The Armadillo will now be an important and effective tool that that UPD will use to help combat crime and improve quality of life throughout the City of Utica.

Councilwoman McNiel stated, “I was proud to be part of the driving force for this initiative because enhancing Quality of Life is an important issue and priority for my constituents.  Our Police Department is an accredited agency and upgrading the Armadillo and providing UPD the newest technology is a valuable tool in keeping our community safe.