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St. Petersburg Police to present $6.7 million proposal to city council for 500 body cameras

Posted at 6:20 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 07:23:16-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — At Thursday’s St. Petersburg City Council meeting, the police department plans to accept a 5-year proposal for equipment like body cameras after months of calls for transparency from the community.

The proposal is for $6,756,188 and includes 500 body cameras, 450 in-vehicle cameras, and a cloud-based digital evidence management system with unlimited storage.

According to city documents, the in-vehicle cameras will be permanently mounted in police officers’ vehicles.

The body cameras have weapons pull automatic activation and provide a real-time remote view of body cam images.

Police Chief Anthony Holloway has said he wants this to strengthen transparency between officers and the community.

If approved, the contract would start November 1 and end October 31, 2025.