Broward County Tests Body Cameras

bodyCameraWith the recent spate in police shootings, there has been a greater degree of distrust in law enforcement, or at least a greater amount of wariness.  To combat this, police departments are devising solutions to earn back that trust, and one of the ways to do this is with the use of body cameras.  The Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) is launching a trial run of its body cameras, outfitting them on 100 of its deputies to evaluate their real-world performance and address glitches.  Should the test prove to be a success, there are plans to possibly require all 1,400 of the BSO road patrol deputies to wear body cameras.

Other cities set to possibly follow the BSO example include Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, and Pembroke Pines, among many others.  Because of altercations involving civilians and those aforementioned shootings, body cameras are in greater demand as a means of having another piece of evidence when these situations arise.  A wider adoption of body cameras would, however, require a significant amount of funds to manage things like the uploading and managing of video for each officer.  The videos would also need to be carefully evaluated to remove information that is exempt from public records should it be requested by a lawyer, for example.

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