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.
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. Due to the successful outcome of the pilot project, OPD is in the process of planning full implementation of a body-worn camera program. The goal of this program is to enhance transparency and accountability and improve police services in an effort to improve interactions with the public.
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.
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.
For more information about online reporting, click here.
Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)
Computer Aided Dispatch is the backbone to the Orlando Police Department Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and helps the agency improve situational awareness and reduce response times. Police CAD provides real-time access to information. All data entered into CAD can be accessed and shared between mobile, records to reduce repetitive data entry and streamline operations.
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.
Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioners and Police Chief John Mina broke ground Thursday, June 25, 2015 on your new Orlando Police Department Headquarters.
The City saves nearly three million dollars a year in energy savings which has in turn covered half of the cost of construction of our new police headquarters.
Expected to be completed in 2016, the 96,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will bring the Orlando Police Department even closer to our community.
The new facility will equip our modern police force with the latest technology available in fighting crime. Utilizing high-tech tools and equipment ensures we are providing our residents with the benefits of technology-based policing, providing the latest in innovating and cutting-edge technology to protect our community against crime. Click here for more information.