Body camera use in Citrus County

Body camera use in Citrus County

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Natasha Mackenzie started this petition to State Representative Ralph Massullo, Jr. and

Law enforcement around the country are using on-body cameras with success to protect both civilians and police officers. Citrus County should adopt this technology.

Florida (HB 5001) (2016) appropriated $145,413 for a body camera pilot project at Sumter Correctional Institution. Funding will provide for every correctional officer on duty supervising youthful offenders to be equipped with body cameras. An additional appropriation of $250,000 is provided for grants for county sheriff's offices to purchase body-worn cameras for deputies. The sheriff's office must make an in-kind or cash match equal to the amount of the grant. Preference for grants is given to sheriff departments in areas with denser populations.

 

Additionally, Law enforcement agencies can apply for a grant under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. 

The JAG Program, authorized under 42 U.S.C. §3751(a), is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams.

 

Lack of funds in a budget is the wrong answer when it comes to safety for all in our community. 

Let's keep Citrus County safe, respectable, and honest by ensuring that people, whether they are officers or members of the general public, are held accountable for their actions.

Please join me in asking the Citrus County Sheriff's Office to adopt body cameras. 
 
 

 

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