Tampa Police Launch Body Worn Cameras
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The Tampa Police Department started researching the body worn camera technology in early 2014. After the purchasing process, the city purchased 60 Axon Flex cameras from Taser International on January 15, 2015. The 60 cameras are distributed equally throughout the department – 18 in each district and six with officers on bicycles. The initial cost for these cameras is $83,000, which includes the cameras and the video storage system. The cameras arrived on February 19th and officers began training on February 24, 2015. During this training and test phase, city IT was working out technical issues, setting up the docking stations and the video download process. Officers have been trying out the four different camera mount methods, testing the downloading system and watching the video to see how the different camera mounting perspectives appear. The four TPD approved camera mounting methods are hat, collar, glasses or epaulette. All of the assigned officers are required to wear their issued body worn cameras beginning today (Friday, March 6th, 2015)
While the department has worked with the community for years in building relationships and trust, the body worn cameras are a tool to strengthen community policing and fortify the trust between TPD officers and the citizens we serve.