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Florida Police Union Wants Say About Body Camera Policy

October 14, 2014  | 

TASER Axon system on officer. (Photo: Mark W. Clark)
TASER Axon system on officer. (Photo: Mark W. Clark)

The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Florida Police Benevolent Association is asking the Fort Myers police chief for bargaining rights in the implementation of the department's new body camera policy.

Matt Sellers, president of the Gulf Coast Chapter, said the group is not against officers wearing body cameras, but it is concerned with the policy. The police union represents some of the officers on the Fort Myers police force as well as other regional agencies.

"There are serious concerns about training and also the right to privacy of the citizens of Fort Myers and officers," Sellers said. "We don't disagree with officers wearing body cameras but we want them properly trained." Sellers added that the policy of how to use the cameras is "vague."

Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker, in an interview last week with the News-Press, said he understands the concerns, but is moving forward with the policy in place. "The policy that we have put forward is very clear," Baker said. "It is very specific when it tells you to record, not to record and what we want to capture."


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Ima Leprechaun @ 10/15/2014 1:55 AM

Bad thing about cameras and audio is they are limited to a very narrow field of view. When the action is one on one right in front of the camera that would be perfect viewing conditions. But in real life action comes from 365 degrees of sight and sound. The camera cannot catch everything going on the way a human mind can. There will always be blind spots.

TheRookie @ 10/16/2014 1:30 AM

Good valid point Lep. Anything to help is appreciated in todays L.E. world but manipulation is always a problem.

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