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TPD upgrades their fight against crime

Posted at 2:37 AM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 22:40:17-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Tallahassee Police Department is continuing to upgrade the way they fight against crime.

Another forum was held Monday night, allowing the public to learn more about the new body cameras.

The cameras can record any officer-citizen encounter, strengthening officer performance and accountability.

TPD paid extra to have some additional features for the cameras, including a Bluetooth connection on their firearm and taser to automatically detect when the weapon is removed from the holster, triggering the camera to automatically start recording.

"It's very important for us to have these sorts of forums to discuss the issues related to the body cameras" said Chief Michael DeLeo. "What their limitations are, what their benefits are. Some people have some very legitimate privacy concerns, they aren't comfortable being on camera, and being videoed, how's it going to work. I think it's a good opportunity for them to learn about it in advance before the cameras are actually out there in the community"

DeLeo gets his camera in about two weeks, and the remaining sworn officers will get theirs in waves after he does.

There are two more community forums. The next one is Thursday.