PBSO Captain Ulrich Naujoks recently updated Royal Palm Beach Village Council on the status of body-worn cameras for deputies in the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
âIn July of last year, support teams met with seven different vendors to look at what they had to offer and what kind of technology they had,â Naujoks said at the board meeting on Thursday 16. December. âAfter that, they created a request for proposals, and of those seven vendors, five responded that met the criteria we set. “
PBSO’s body worn camera team then developed scenarios in which they wanted to test the cameras, and the vendors are now providing cameras to the agency. PBSO hopes to deploy them in a test environment in January 2022.
The council has long supported having cameras on Royal Palm Beach MPs.
âWhat I would like to remind the public and the board is that it’s not as easy as getting a GoPro and walking around and filming everything,â Naujoks said. âThere must be a lot of policies and procedures, guidelines on who gets them and when they activate them. Not only will this affect 1,500 to 2,000 MPs, but it will also affect around 1,000 cars. “
He explained that Sheriff Ric Bradshaw wanted to be able to get an overview of the scene of an incident from the deputy’s vehicle, as well as the body camera.
âThe sheriff also wants to upgrade the car’s system, so you actually have a full picture of what’s going on,â he said. âHe wants to get it right the first time. If it takes a little longer, that’s what it will do.
Naujoks added that the goal of setting up the system is to see what the agent actually sees.
âThere are a lot of nuts and bolts to go through, but we are moving forward,â he said. âWith an agency of this size, it’s not as easy to implement.
City Councilor Jeff Hmara asked if there was a particular police department that modeled the use of body cameras, and Naujoks said there were several.
“That’s what the start of this process was, benchmarking against those who have had it for a while and are successful,” Naujoks said, adding that there are many issues, like when children are involved, where technicians have to write information.
Mayor Fred Pinto said the information was an important update as it was over a year since council last received information on the use of body cameras.
âWe understand that it takes time if you’re going to get it right,â Pinto said.