The Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD) is deploying large armored trucks in high-crime areas that are outfitted with surveillance cameras and designed to let passersby know they are being watched.
The FLPD surveillance trucks have been named “Peacemakers,” and a message on the side of the vehicles reads, “Warning: You are under video surveillance.”
In August 2011, the police department acquired its first Peacemaker truck—a discontinued armored bank truck—from Brinks for $10. The truck was outfitted with cameras that stream live video to the department for up to 700 hours. In December 2011, police turned a former SWAT vehicle into a second Peacemaker truck.
FLPD’s strategy for the vehicles is to park the unmanned trucks in front of the homes of suspected drug dealers or in high-crime areas. The trucks are not undercover vehicles, according to police officials. Law enforcement wants those in the vicinity to know they are under surveillance, police say.