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Spokane Police host community forums during body camera pilot program

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SPOKANE, Wash.- The Spokane Police Department will host community forums during the pilot phase of the body worn camera program.

The body worn camera pilot program extends through December 2014 and will allow for public discussion and feedback regarding the body camera policy.

The implementation of the Spokane Police Department's body worn camera pilot project began on September 1, 2014. Seventeen (17) Spokane Police officers volunteered to participate in the pilot project.

In addition to addressing technical and logistical issues, SPD leadership will use the pilot project to finalize the body camera policy, based on officer and community feedback.

The purpose of the forum is to familiarize members of the media with the equipment, policy, public records request process, privacy concerns, and to solicit thoughts and comments. The draft policy will be shared with the public during a community forum on October 30, 2014, at 5:30 pm, at Cataldo Hall on the Gonzaga University campus and through other community outreach opportunities.

Additionally, members of the public are encouraged to send their thoughts, concerns and comments regarding body worn cameras to the Department via the following website link: https://beta.spokanecity.org/police/accountability/bodycamera/ (there is a comment section at the bottom of the page).

The pilot phase will end on December 31, 2014, with adjustments being made to the body worn camera policy and procedures based on officer and community input.

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