Protecting The Palm Beaches - Boynton's Body Cam Program

 

Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Katz is speaking out about his department's body cam program, which was launched earlier this year.

"We've had a lot of feedback on our program from the community and from officers alike.  Overwhelmingly the program has been seen as a positive step in the direction of transparency and accountability and I think that's been very good."

Road patrol officers are equipped with the cameras on their uniforms and Chief Katz tells me that a pilot program recently started that brings newer technology into the fold.

"Basically it's a bluetooth sensor that goes on our holsters.  So, when you draw your firearm, every camera within 30 feet of the officer who drew their firearm...it's going to send a pulse out and activate those body-worn cameras.  So, if we do have an incident where we have an officer involved shooting, we're going to be able to capture that, hopefully from multiple cameras and automatically."

Also, a reminder that those red light cameras are back in operation in the city of Boynton Beach.  It's the only municipality in Palm Beach County, where you can get caught by a cam and fined for running a red light.

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