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Lake Wales Police Start Body Camera Pilot Implementation

Full Roll-out May Take 2-3 Months


Last updated 7/29/2021 at 6:04pm

Officers Jacob Raines (left) and David Hernandez with new body camera

It was a "bumpy start" as Lake Wales rolled out one-fourth of their new police worn body cameras Monday, July 26.

Police Chief Chris Velasquez said the department will use the experiences of the first eight officers wearing the cameras to make sure the program is running smoothly when fully implemented in two or three months.

"It's going to be a matter of working through, seeing how they work with us and how we can work also with all the other partners," Velasquez said.

Since Lake Wales is the first department in Polk County to implement a police worn body camera program, a key partner will...

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