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Pinellas Park police testing body cameras on their officers

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — Pinellas Park police announced they are now testing body cameras on its officers.

On Tuesday, six officers received training on how to use them. In two weeks, when they finish training, they will be active for the next two weeks.

After the two-week pilot program, the police department will evaluate the next steps. Pinellas Park PD are among the police department in the area looking into body cameras.

The cameras can be turned on by the officer and activate when a firearm or taster is drawn.

Police say it’s one of the steps they could take to provide transparency to the public.

“To know that we’re supporting them and trying to be as open with what we do on our streets daily and we’re also just trying to protect our community so they can see our reactions and responses to any situation that may arise as a law enforcement officer,” said Sgt. John Shea.

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