FWPD Website Redesigned
The Fort Worth Police Department expanded and im- proved the department’s website to better serve as a dynamic user-friendly and transparent tool. The web- site, www.fortworthpd.com, includes more detailed information about the three police department bu- reaus, patrol divisions, National Night Out registration, crime data, and Strategic Plan performance measures: https://www.fortworthpd.com/Public/strategic-plan. On the site, the public can review monthly Strategic Plan implementation progress for each patrol division
and all three bureaus. The homepage offers many updated features including the search engine One Ad- dress that allows the public to search an address and receive important information such as their patrol beat, neighborhood police officer contact information, nearest police facility, and neighborhood meeting dates. Additional homepage enhancements include biographies for the department’s Executive Staff, cold case details, and the weekly Most Wanted list. Various department reports are available to view on the site such as annual reports, crime reports, general orders, and arbitration reports that include post-disciplinary reviews and after-arbitration reviews. As part of the redesign, the site is now mobile friendly allowing the public to view the site on handheld devices.
Body Cameras and In-Car Video Integration
The Fort Worth Police Department purchased its first 50 body cameras in 2012, fol- lowed by another 145 cameras in 2013—the majority deployed in patrol and the traf- fic division. Since December 2013, every graduating recruit is trained to use a camera and is assigned a camera. Cameras have been purchased each year since in an effort to outfit every officer in the department. The department has issued 1,350 body cam- eras. In 2017, the City Council approved an agreement to purchase additional camera systems which included cameras, associated accessories, mounting and docking sta- tion, software interface and maintenance as well as electrical weapons (tasers) and in -car video systems.
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