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MDPD Body Worn Camera Program
In the Fall of 2012, the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) began to study the utilization of Body Worn Cameras (BWC) for patrol officers. This research included reviewing numerous publications and studies, conducting market research, performing a pilot program, and contacting numerous local, state, and out-of-state police agencies, the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, and the Dade County Police Benevolent Association (PBA). MDPD also worked with the PBA to develop policies outlining the use and management of BWC for its officers.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez supported, and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved, the purchase of a commercially available, cloud-based BWC and Video Management Solution to capture and store the recorded video. In line with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance report, BWCs help improve the high-quality public service expected of police officers and promote the sense of procedural justice that communities expect from their police departments and officers. Additionally, BWC footage enables police departments to demonstrate transparency and openness in their interactions with members of the community.
MDPD has implemented the use of BWC to improve police services, increase accountability for individual interactions, and enhance public safety.
Read the MDPD's BWC Policy
How to request MDPD BWC Footage
Members of the public wishing to request BWC footage, please visit the Miami-Dade Police Public Records Center.
If you have any additional questions regarding public records requests regarding BWCs, please contact our Central Records Bureau.
Members of the news media who wish to request BWC footage, please contact the Media Relations Section, who will coordinate your request.
Watch the PSA video regarding body worn cameras:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a body worn camera?
A. A small, battery-powered camera worn by MDPD police officers on their uniform.
Q. Why are officers wearing cameras?
A. The cameras are worn for greater accountability and to capture the officer's encounters and interactions with others. The footage can be used as evidence and document use of force incidents.
Q. Will the cameras record audio as well as video?
Q. What benefit is there to police officers wearing cameras?
A. Research has shown that when officers are outfitted with BWC, citizen complaints decrease, uses of force incidents decrease, subject behavior improves, transparency and public trust is enhanced, and cost savings are provided due to decreased litigation.
Q. Where are the video files stored?
A. The video files will be stored in a cloud-based service.
Q. Can the videos be obtained by the public?
A. Yes. Any individual may submit a public records request to obtain MDPD BWC footage using the forms provided above.
Q. How long will videos be stored?
A. The videos will be stored for at least the minimum required time by Chapter 119.071(2)(l)(5) of the Florida State Statutes.
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