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'Body Cameras' For Spokane Police?

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - It looks like an undercover camera, catching unsuspecting people on video. But in the new year, it's a new way for the city of Spokane to bring trust back to its police department. Mayor David Condon wants to put cameras on officers' vests. They would document every movement an officer made: during a traffic stop, confrontation, or any other situation. The cameras are already standard in the airway heights police department. They're the size of a pager, but when you turn them on, an officer will tell you you're being audibly and visually recorded. Then that recording is later downloaded by an officer at the station. At this department there are 15 cameras, one for every officer. They cost between $800 and $900. Airway Heights police chief Lee Bennett says they're worth every penny. Per policy, Airway Heights officers cannot turn the camera on and off at-will. It's up to managers to make sure they're using them correctly. The recordings stay on file for 120 days and then are automatically deleted unless it's for a case, in which case they keep the recordings on file until that case is adjudicated.

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