The Fort Myers Police Department will become the first department in its region to use body cameras starting later in September.
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The department is “expecting to receive 40 of the cameras this month,” according to the Florida-based News-Press.com.
The body cameras, manufactured by TASER, and the technology to program the videos and download them cost an initial $70,000, Baker said, adding that the bulk of the cost is in maintaining the software and downloads, not the actual cameras.
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The department chose the small, body cameras that can clip to shirts because they would work better in Southwest Florida’s humidity and rain over a model that is attached to glasses.
“I want to make sure we’re following policy and, when people are filing complaints, they’re being accurate,” Chief Doug Baker told News-Press.com. “It’s a device to keep everybody safe.”
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