South Florida

Broward Set to Install New ‘Smart Cameras’ in Select Schools

What to Know

  • The cameras will reportedly be placed in 36 schools deemed to have the highest “security needs” and will cost $621,000.
  • Broward’s decision comes just one week after the MSD Public Safety Commission recommended better safety equipment.

If you plan on stepping foot on the campus of over 30 schools in Broward County in the near future, be prepared to be videotaped and possibly have your image saved as part of a new security measure.

The school district has approved a plan to install a surveillance system that includes 116 high-def "smart cameras."

The cameras will reportedly be placed in 36 schools deemed to have the highest “security needs” and will cost $621,000 – with over $460,000 of that being paid as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Broward County Commission, which must approve the grant, will take of the matter at their Tuesday meeting while the school board will vote on it at a later meeting.

The schools have not been identified, however the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland – where 17 students and faculty were killed on February 14th – is expected to be one of the schools where they will be installed.

Broward’s decision comes just one week after the MSD Public Safety Commission recommended better safety equipment in the wake of the shooting – but did not specifically mention facial recognition technology in their report given to the state.

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