Clearwater police set to begin using body cameras

By Jason Lanning , Reporter

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 08, 2015, 7:17 AM

CLEARWATER — 

Another Bay area law enforcement agency is putting on body cameras.

Clearwater police are set to test the cameras in a new pilot program. The program, which starts next weekend, isn’t necessarily to gather evidence.  

Clearwater is following the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Gulfport police and Tampa police in trying the cameras.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Clearwater police are trying out the cameras because they will allow the public to witness how challenging the job of police officers have.

Five officers will begin wearing cameras Saturday as part of a 30-day pilot program. The officers will either wear cameras on the front of their uniforms or their  sunglasses.

The officers in the pilot program all work in District 2, which includes downtown, the North Greenwood area and Missouri Avenue.

The department waited to implement body cameras until legislation passed, better defining how and when body camera video can be released to the public.

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Clearwater police set to begin using body cameras