Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $47,000)
The Village of Pinecrest Police Department‘s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the community through the protection of life and property, fair an unbiased law enforcement, and community partnerships. As such, the Department is committed to providing transparency to the community and ensuring police officers are acting as professionally and appropriately as possible. The Village of Pinecrest is a small city of approximately 19,000 residents, located in Southern Miami-Dade County, Florida. The Pinecrest Police Department is a dual accredited police department consisting of 51 sworn officers that annually, responds to approximately 30,000 citizen initiated and or self-initiate calls for police service. The Village is applying for 50% funding to purchase 47 Body Worn Cameras, to include related data collection equipment and software management systems, in order to implement their body-worn camera program. With this funding, we will have the ability to outfit 42 sworn uniform patrol personnel with body worn cameras and maintain an inventory of 5 spare devices that would address body cameras damaged on duty.
The residents of the Village of Pinecrest will benefit from the transparency provided by the body worn camera program during police interactions, while also enhancing the ability of the Village of Pinecrest Police Department to provide a sense of accountability to the officers within the agency.