Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $985,000)
The current problem facing law enforcement is the critical need for public safety agencies to enhance transparency and accountability and improve police services to improve interactions with the public. Community policing efforts to address this need, and continue to build community trust, are directly linked to the need to incorporate improved technology. The Orlando Police Department (OPD) has been very proactive in addressing this problem through multiple methods of review and improvements in transparency. One of the programs being implemented by the Orlando Police Department is its in-car camera program.
OPD's in-car camera program aims to address issues related to the agency’s ability to be transparent, document investigations, and capture criminal activity. While OPD has a robust body-worn camera program, in-car cameras can capture data while operating a motor vehicle, such as traffic stops and suspected DUI incidents. Driving patterns caught on video are an important tool for investigations, such as DUI and cases where vehicle pursuits are involved. Additionally, the in-car camera system includes a camera mounted toward the rear-seat of the patrol vehicle, providing valuable data that not only protects everyone’s safety, but also increases transparency and therefore public trust.