Lady Lake Police Department embraces modern policing with new body cameras

Demonstrating a commitment to modernize policing practices, the Lady Lake Police Department has implemented body cameras, a technology aimed at protecting both law enforcement officers and
the community.

“When I arrived, I noticed we were lacking something in the field of contemporary police work,” said
Police Chief Steve Hunt. After consultations with peers, Chief Hunt discovered that many agencies in the area already had body cameras. He shared these concerns with the Town Commission, which wholeheartedly supported efforts to purchase body cameras during the 2023/24 budget process.

The initiative is budgeted over five years and covers not only the new Axon brand body cameras, but also upgrading outdated TASERs, and introducing a dash cam system to all police vehicles this spring.

Bundling the technology and maintenance will save the Town significant money over time. Chief Hunt emphasized the importance of these advanced tools in improving accountability, evidence management, and officer behavior modification, with the hopes of leading to increased trust within the community. The new technology has already been well-received by the department.

“Video is able to show the event as it transpired through the eyes of the police officer,” Chief Hunt
explained. “It is important to capture interactions as they actually occurred for the sake of investigations, training and transparency.”

Additionally, the evidence management software that is part of the body camera package plays a crucial role in investigations. Recently, the software proved to be a valuable tool in a recent armed robbery where surveillance video from a store was directly uploaded into system and later shared with the public.

Looking ahead, Chief Hunt expressed enthusiasm about installing dash cameras to complete the
implementation of the full program.

“The approval of the purchase of this equipment demonstrates the Commission and the Lady Lake
Police Department’s commitment to uphold modern policing standards and ensure the safety and
well-being of our officers and the community,” said Chief Hunt.

About the Lady Lake Police Department

The Lady Lake Police Department is a fully accredited professional law enforcement agency. We strive to provide the best possible service to our residents and to those who work, travel and visit here. The Lady Lake Police Department received initial accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation in October 2016, and obtained reaccreditation in October 2019 and December 2022. This accreditation process is ongoing and is pivotal in keeping with the best practices, updated policies and conformance to changes in law. Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence.

We are hiring! Applicants may apply at https://bit.ly/JoinLLPD

Lady Lake Police Department benefits include:

  • $62,000 per year starting salary
  • Narcotics/Tracking K9 Unit
  • Criminal Investigations and Special Enforcement Units
  • Road Patrol Division
  • 8-year/20-year pension
  • $1,500 hiring bonus for certified officers; Out of state officers receive a $5,000 bonus from the state
  • Night differential
  • Take home car after FTO
  • Life/Dental/Medical insurance
  • Paid holidays; PTO buyback
  • Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Collective Bargaining

About the Town of Lady Lake

Located just an hour from Orlando and Ocala, the Town of Lady Lake is a small town in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. With a thriving local economy, A-rated school and top-notch community events, it’s the perfect place to live, work and play. Our goal is to recruit, develop, and retain a high performing and diverse workforce.

Police officer vest and body camera