Police Departments Placing Cameras On Officers
By William Patrick, FloridaWatchdog.org // September 22, 2014
ABOVE VIDEO: An overview of body cameras which will be utilized by the police department in Ferguson, Missouri.
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Miami Beach has a reputation for being Florida’s fashion capital. True to form, city employees will soon be outfitted with a new accessory — body cameras.
The recording devices gained dramatic support in the aftermath of last month’s disputed police shooting in Ferguson, Mo. Both cops and civil rights groups say the technology offers needed transparency. But South Florida’s posh resort community is taking it a step further.
As part of a new $3 million plan, the city government is purchasing body-mounted cameras not just for law enforcement officers, but for a range of other municipal workers, including code enforcement, parking enforcement, building inspectors and fire inspectors.
Miami Beach joins Daytona Beach and Windermere Police in this growing trend.
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