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Pinellas Park police testing body cameras on their officers

Posted at 6:42 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 23:15:27-04

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. -- Pinellas Park police announced they are now testing body cameras on its officers.

On Tuesday, six officers received training on how to use them. In two weeks, when they finish training, they will be active for the next two weeks.

Following Tuesday's training, the system will now go live. The six officers will test and evaluate the cameras for the next 30 to 45 days.

Pinellas Park PD is among the police department in the area looking into body cameras.

The cameras can be turned on by the officer and activate when a firearm or Taser is drawn.

Police say it's one of the steps they could take to provide transparency to the public.

"To know that we're supporting them and trying to be as open with what we do on our streets daily and we're also just trying to protect our community so they can see our reactions and responses to any situation that may arise as a law enforcement officer," said Sgt. John Shea.