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CCPD request extension of body camera program

Posted at 8:17 AM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 08:17:00-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- City leaders will be talking about an ordinance that could help keep residents in Southwest Florida's largest city safe.  The Cape Coral Police Department is requesting approval for an extension of the body camera program for the next five years.

If the plan is approved Monday, the police department could have a total of 120 body-worn cameras and 120 new tasers by the year 2017.

It's been a little over a year since the Cape Coral Police Department launched its body cameras.  Now the department is seeking approval from the city in Monday's meeting that would make Taser International the sole source to continue the police department's body-worn camera program for the next five years.

If authorized by the city manager, the new agreement would cost a little over $700,000.

Back in November 2014, when the city council first approved the body cams.  They used federal seizure funds and not taxpayer dollars.

The police department believes the body cameras will "increase quality of life for our citizens by delivering programs and services that foster a safe community."

The Fort Myers Police Department has also been using the body cameras for a little over a year now.