Florida Keys

Keys deputies begin wearing body cameras


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies began wearing body cameras this week.

The agency said that most uniformed deputies will be required to wear the cameras as part of their routine uniform. The deputies completed their training on the cameras last week.

The sheriff’s office’s policy apples to road patrol deputies and sergeants, school resource deputies, civil deputies, airport deputies and sergeants and detectives when they are wearing uniforms. Detectives may also wear them when wearing plain clothes.

The agency has been using in-car video cameras and body-worn microphones for several years, and the experience with the devices has been positive overall.

“We have had many instances when video from our in-car cameras has served to clarify the way an incident unfolded,” Sheriff Rick Ramsay said in a statement. “We expect the new body-worn cameras to simply enhance these benefits. Oftentimes, having video of an incident helps to deescalate both sides of a confrontation.”

The Key West Police Department started using body cameras last summer. The cameras, 100 of them, were provided by the sheriff’s office.

Earlier this year, Miami-Dade police began rolling out 1,000 body cameras for its county police officers. Miami Beach officers began wearing body cameras last year.

David Goodhue: 305-440-3204