Media Contact: Eunicia Baker, MPA - Senior Public Information Officer
City of North Miami
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NORTH MIAMI POLICE DEPARTMENT TO EDUCATE KIDS ABOUT NEW BODY-WORN CAMERAS AT 2017 F.A.C.T. FESTIVAL

North Miami, FL – 4/28/2017

Nearly one month has passed since the North Miami Police Department (NMPD) introduced new technology into its daily routine. NMPD launched its body-worn camera program on March 31, 2017, the date promised to citizens by City of North Miami Administration. While the city of North Miami and NMPD have used several platforms to educate adult residents about use of body-worn cameras, NMPD’s Neighborhood Enhancement Division will now initiate a campaign to formally introduce the City’s children to the devices. The Neighborhood Enhancement Division will debut this initiative during the Annual Family and Community Together Festival (F.A.C.T) Festival, on Saturday, April 29.      

The F.A.C.T. Festival is a yearly NMPD event that creates a forum for officers to interact with citizens, inform them of police services and resources and offer facility tours, while enjoying great food, music, giveaways and family-friendly activities.   

During the F.A.C.T. Festival, NMPD officers will invite children to learn about the purpose and basic functionality of the body-worn cameras. Youth will have the opportunity to wear body-worn cameras, record footage, view the recordings and ask questions. NMPD will also give body-worn camera demonstrations at Career Day events at North Miami’s schools and the City’s youth camps.  

“Kids are sure to have questions as they start seeing what they perceive as strange new objects attached to our police uniforms,” said Sgt. Kessler Brooks, of the NMPD Neighborhood Enhancement Division. “We want to give kids the chance to see body-worn cameras up close, touch them, ask us questions and remind them that their officer friends at NMPD are always here when they need us.”   

To-date, 103 NMPD officers are equipped with body-worn cameras. This number includes everyone from the rank of patrol officer to Commander. Detectives will also wear body-worn cameras during any enforcement action.   

NMPD purchased 120 IRIS CAM body-worn cameras from Point Blank Enterprises. The body-worn cameras came with a $533,000 price tag. They were funded through police grants and the city of North Miami general fund. This price covers the unit cost of the body-worn cameras, video management software, training and technical support and five years of remote storage.  

“The city of North Miami and NMPD are committed to transparency and professionalism,” said North Miami City Manager, Larry M. Spring, Jr. “That’s why bringing police body cameras to our city was a top priority upon becoming City Manager in March 2016. We want our citizens to know we’re taking positive steps such as these at our police department -- to enhance safety and improve the quality of life for all of us.”  

F.A.C.T Festival is free and open to the public. It takes place Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MOCA Plaza, located at 770 NE 125th St., North Miami.   

On Thursday, May 4, at 8:30 a.m., members of the news media are invited to join NMPD and city of North Miami staff on the weekly hour-long Community Bike Ride. NMPD officers will be available for questions about body-worn cameras. The bike ride leaves from the NMPD, located at 700 NE 124th St., North Miami
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