Sarasota Police unveil body cameras to be worn by patrol officers

February 26th, 2015 by Staff

SPD began researching the new body cameras in the fall of 2013.

(BTLS Staff) SARASOTA, Fla. – The Sarasota Police Department on Wednesday unveiled the new Taser Axon Flex body-worn cameras their patrol officers will wear during a year-long test phase.

During a news conference SPD Chief Bernadette DiPino said they’ve been researching the cameras since October 2013. They purchased 24 of them through a federal grant issued by the United States Department of Justice.

“I am an advocate for body worn cameras for our officers,” explained DiPino. “This is just another way we want to continue to work to earn the trust of our community. The Sarasota Police Department is a progressive, modern police department and the use of body worn cameras is a natural progression and extension of our philosophy of building trust and transparency.”

The cameras arrived earlier this year and training began immediately. Six body cameras will be in use on each of four shifts. SPD will holed several community meetings in March to better educate residents and community leaders and partners on the cameras and how they work.

Chief DiPino is confident the new technology will become an important tool in day-to-day police operations.

“I believe body worn cameras modify behavior, ultimately making our officers and our citizens safer,” she says.

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