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Rep. Wilson Presents Check for Body-Worn Cameras to Hollywood City Commission

Miami, Fla.  YesterdayCongresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24) presented a check for $1.7 million dollars to the Hollywood City Commission for body-worn cameras intended for the Hollywood Police Department. The funding for body-worn cameras is an effort to increase the transparency and accountability of local law enforcement that will help build trust and understanding within the City of Hollywood community.

The Hollywood Police Department is one of a few law enforcement agencies in the state of Florida that do not have body cameras. The $1.7 million allocation goes directly towards providing Hollywood police officers with the latest body-worn camera gear and accompanying technical equipment to administer the program. 

A link to her full presentation and pictures can be found here.

“In recent years, we’ve seen how the bonds of trust between the public and law enforcement have become frayed across the country. To heal those broken bonds, we must take steps to address this disconnect and put in place initiatives that seek to rectify them,” said Congresswoman Wilson. “Body cameras are here to protect everybody – that means both our residents and the police alike. I’m proud to have delivered for the City of Hollywood and to have secured $1.7 million for body-worn cameras to the Hollywood Police Department law enforcement officers.”

The public’s perception and trust in law enforcement is a crucial component in reducing social and racial inequality within communities. In 2014, a National Institute of Justice study found that body cameras increase positive interactions and make people feel safer. Increasingly, law enforcement agencies across the country and the world have incorporated body-worn cameras as essential tools to enhance safety, trust, and improve interactions between the public and police officers.