Miami-Dade Police May Start Wearing Body Cameras

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In the wake of the Michael Brown saga in Missouri, more than 185,000 people have signed a Change.org petition that would require all police officers to wear body cameras.

Well, those body cameras could be coming to the Miami-Dade Police Department as soon as next year.


According to The Miami-Herald, next year's proposed county budget has earmarked $1 million for the purchase of 500 body cameras. Those cameras would record officers on duty as they interact with the public.

A police spokeswoman tells the Miami Herald that the force actually wants the cameras because they're concerned that footage recorded by citizens with their cellphones don't always tell the full story.

"You see the public is requesting for all police to be recorded. They're always recording them with their phones," said Major Nancy Perez. "This gives police a chance to record the public."

That sounds 1984-style ominous, but body cameras have been shown to have some anecdotal positive effects.

The police force in Rialto, California outfitted all of its officers with body cameras in 2012.

In the 12 months after the program began, complaints against officers dropped 88 percent. Officers use of force plummeted 60 percent.

"When you know you're being watched you behave a little better. That's just human nature," Rialto's police chief Tony Farrar told The Guardian. "As an officer you act a bit more professional, follow the rules a bit better."

Though, when the public knows their interactions with police are being filmed their behavior with police also tends to improve, and less attempts at filing bogus complaints are made. Police then spend less time and money investigating those complaints, and suspects tend to tie up the court system less when they know that police have indisputable video evidence.

Though, according to Time, experts are still divided as to whose behavior really changes more when they know they're being recorded: police or citizens.

Miami-Dade would not be the first big city police force to experiment with the technology. Police in Fresno, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake and Cincinnati have also adopted the technology.

County Mayor Carlos Gimenez would need to approve the budget before the program could start.

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voxveritas
voxveritas

For all you uniformed idiots, making asinine comments, the first fact you must understand, is that these cameras have been successfully deployed with insanely positive results in city's all across the country. 

Second, the cameras are TAMPER-PROOF and the police officers have absolutely no access to the data, and cannot shut them off. 

Third, if you're one of them over-paranoid tin-foil hat wearing rejects, worried that this is somehow going to turn us into a Dystopian state, then you're obviously one of the very few of our citizens who has never faced abuse at the hands of Miami-Dade's disgustingly corrupt police department. (or you're a criminal, worried that it will make it harder for you to weasel out of a conviction). Either way. Fck you. This bill needs to pass NOW. 


voxveritas
voxveritas

This is the single most important piece of legislation ever proposed in the history of law enforcement. It should be mandatory for both the police officers and Americans protection. Something has to be done to stop the reliance of "our word against theirs" in situations where people get beaten or killed. The only cops or citizens who will be strongly opposed to this, are the criminal and the corrupt. 

Lissette Andino
Lissette Andino

And then we'll see how many Cuban pastellitos, croquetas, and cafecitos they really do spend patrol time having.

James Jackson
James Jackson

Photo shop can edit photos, and video's can be edited. It's just the society we live in this era.

Meesh Kachian
Meesh Kachian

they will turn them off and lie about everything as usual

Manny Perez
Manny Perez

It will probably cost the city and taxpayers a lot of money due to lawsuits filed against the police department. Then they will do away with them. Just like dash cameras in Orange County, Florida.

Alex LaPorta
Alex LaPorta

The problem with body cams is that some officers have a habit of turning them off right before kicking someone's ass. Otherwise, they're a good thing.

Alyssa Reyes
Alyssa Reyes

Paul, they wouldn't be allowed into your home without a warrant so that's invalid

Manuel Moreno
Manuel Moreno

The end of pro-active law enforcement. Crime rates will continue to skyrocket. The cons outweigh the pros in this situation. While there are definitely opportunities for improvement, the ends do not justify the means.

Cris Diaz
Cris Diaz

Maybe we should all wear them...

meanskis
meanskis

Good article.  Much better than the last few.  I hope this is implemented.

Ricci Knighten
Ricci Knighten

As long as MDPD has a no excuse policy those cameras filming. If your on the clock. It's on the clock.

Joe Moreno
Joe Moreno

Whenever they come out with good ole "I'm putting these handcuffs on for your protection, as well as mine." has always seemed a bit one sided to me.

Geoff Paugam
Geoff Paugam

Remember it works both ways...when you resist arrest or assault the officer...guess who is going to be on the video?

Rolle Diaz
Rolle Diaz

This should be implemented nation wide. It will cut down on Police involved shootings and also put to rest any ideas of police brutality.

Stefano Alessio
Stefano Alessio

That would be a promising change; professional competence and a caring approach to the job, even better.

Andres Rodriguez
Andres Rodriguez

In California cops use this cameras and the complaints went down 80%

Jaime Vargas
Jaime Vargas

It works until they conveniently lose footage

Christian Wells
Christian Wells

Jesus christ- we're really getting closer and closer to a "Robocop"-style dystopia.

Alex Alvarez
Alex Alvarez

Those videos are going to be priceless..

martyleespsd
martyleespsd

Unrelated but... Why is that cop wearing a British SAS badge on his uniform? Is it just a stock photo?


Mova Gallo
Mova Gallo

Then during trial... Somehow the footage was lost Or corrupted... So it can't be used in court. Huh?

Jon Grillo
Jon Grillo

Will it cut down on over anxious cops. Their hands are registered weapons.

Vanessa Black
Vanessa Black

Yes, it absolutely will. It's been very successful in California.

Yanet Garbanzos Perez
Yanet Garbanzos Perez

Good not really going to make a difference they will do and get away with whatever they want.

Seán Schauseil
Seán Schauseil

If they remember to turn them on... you know why they no longer have dashcams? Too many acquittals!!!

Paul Schlaline
Paul Schlaline

Giving public access to these cameras would be a HUGE breach of privacy IMO. If they go that route and for instance, I wanted to rob someone, all I have to do is make an anonymous call to have the cops "stop by" your house for whatever reason, and I just got a free look at everything you own inside.

Brian Wulf
Brian Wulf

Great idea! Every move should be critiqued...

Charles Solano
Charles Solano

Oh shit this is real?! I saw this on that fake cop show on nbc or something where all the cops look like models.(lol)

Curt Notree
Curt Notree

Damn cameras all over the city!! Red light cameras... Police wearing them... freaking voyeuristic society we live in...

Fabian Vergara
Fabian Vergara

the cameras will bring more layoffs because every one will realize that most of them don't do much of anything during their shift. lol

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