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.

Orlando Connect, Camera-Sharing Program

Orlando Connect is a collaboration between the City of Orlando and our residents and business owners that builds on our community policing efforts and aims to integrate city-owned cameras and privately-owned cameras from voluntary participants together to transform the way police officers can respond to, solve and deter crime.

You can help further our community policing efforts by registering and/or integrating your privately-owned camera(s) together with the city's network of cameras to help transform the way police officers can respond to, solve and deter crime.

Learn more about the program

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. 

In February 2021, the city approved a contract with Axon to procure new body worn cameras which furthers the Orlando Police Department's commitment to serve all citizens with professionalism and equip officers with state-of-the-art equipment to keep our citizens and officers safe.  These new body worn cameras include the latest in auto-activation technology which is tied to both firearm and taser holsters to ensure the most critical incidents are captured from start to finish. This automatic "turn on" feature allows officers to focus on the immediate action in front of them without needing to push a button to record the situation. This technology also activates all body worn cameras on the scene to turn on and record when a firearm or taser is removed from an OPD officer's holster.  

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.