HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Hallandale Beach police officers are the first in Broward County to start wearing body cameras.
The pilot program began this week. It is one of the many changes that the Hallandale Beach Police Department is implementing after Chief Dwayne Flournoy hired independent consultant Greenwood & Streicher to provide a review of the department's use of force.
After the review, the consultant group came up with new guidelines aimed at improving relations with the public.
The new cameras are manufactured by Taser. They clip on and record once the officer presses a button.
Flournoy said he hired the consultant after a series of officer-involved shootings in the city. His goal was to be proactive and examine whether the department could improve operations.
"The pundits say, 'Oh, it's going to have an improvement on the officer's behavior,'" Flournoy told Local 10 News. "Actually, I think it has an improvement on the officer's and the public's behavior, because I think everyone behaves differently when they know that they're on camera."
Flournoy said his department has also expanded its internal affairs unit and has new guidelines in place when responding to use of force situations like an officer-involved shooting.
Ten officers are currently wearing body cameras, but the department plans to equip 28 out of 100 officers with body cameras in the first year of the pilot program.