21st Century Tools and Technology for Policing

I.R.I.S. Cameras

Photo of an I.R.I.S camera

I.R.I.S. stands for Innovative Response to Improve Safety. In 2007 the City of Orlando installed its first I.R.I.S. cameras to enhance public safety.

There are multiple cameras located throughout the City, including International Drive, Downtown Orlando, Semoran Corridor, Eola Heights, Parramore and Metrowest. OPD has also partnered with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to have access to their camera views at critical government and tourist-corridor locations allowing more eyes on a given area.

Equipment was purchased using public and private programs and donations, including Federal Homeland Security and Urban Area Security Initiative funding. The Metrowest community also contributed money for equipment and maintenance.

All cameras are monitored at the Orlando Police Department Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC) by trained OPD personnel.

Body Cams

Photo of body camera on an OPD officer

The Orlando Police Department (OPD) has been proactive in developing a Body-Worn Camera program. In 2014, OPD and the University of South Florida (USF) partnered in a pilot research project that looked at the use of body-worn cameras. At the conclusion of the 12-month study, researchers determined officer complaints and the number of use of force events decreased during the study period.

Following a successful pilot project, OPD implemented an official body worn camera program. This program helps enhance transparency and accountability and improve police services in an effort to improve interactions with the public. 

Car Equipment

Photo of Orlando Police Department Police Car

The Orlando Police Department’s patrol cars are equipped with computers and software which allow officers to view calls for service and access mapping technology.

Online Reporting

In February of 2008, the Orlando Police Department implemented a new service for citizens to file non-emergency police reports online. This initiative has proven to reduce call volume for the Orlando Police Department personnel which allows for additional directed patrol.

Learn more about online reporting.

Police Data Initiative

The Orlando Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in Florida to join the Police Data Initiative, a White House program aimed at making more data about police activity available to the public.

The Initiative stems from the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, created by President Obama in 2014 to better understand specific policing challenges and help identify actions to improve law enforcement and enhance community engagement. Many of the Task Force’s recommendations emphasize the opportunity for departments to better use data and technology to build community trust and increase internal accountability.

Orlando Police Department Headquarters

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the City of Orlando officially opened the Orlando Police Department Headquarters, a state-of-the-art facility that will enhance department operations, utilize the latest technology and provide new ways for our officers to protect and serve our community.

This new location will not only further support the City’s public safety efforts, but will also allow us to further the revitalization efforts in our Parramore community.

The new headquarters located on OBT will further spur other investment and improvements in this area where the City has identified as a key cornerstone for strategic growth for the neighborhood.

1250 West South Street
Orange Blossom Trail between South Street and Anderson Street.