Miami Beach Plans for Body-worn Cameras on Meter Maids and Police

City managers may have police, inspectors and meter maids wear cameras, prompting debate about privacy, corruption and technology
Miami Beach Plans for Body-worn Cameras on Meter Maids and Police

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by Jessica Glenza | The Guardian | August 21, 2014


Police departments around the US are rapidly adopting body-worn cameras, but Miami Beach in Florida could be the first city in the country to ask meter maids to wear them.

If city management has its way, code enforcement officers, city fire inspectors, building inspectors and uniformed police officers will all be asked to wear the cameras.

“There seems to be unanimous political support,” said Jimmy Morales, Miami Beach city manager. “I think there’s a lot of political support for it, I think there’s a lot of public support for it.”

Miami Beach’s plan would deploy 602 cameras in a program that’s expected to cost around $3m over five years, according to quotes from Taser International obtained by the city. The technology, officials say, would bring greater transparency to the city departments.

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