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SPD Chief Frank Straub discusses pros and cons of body cameras during forum

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SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been two months since Spokane Police launched a pilot program in which 17 officers wore body cameras on duty. The pilot program was meant to give police, and the citizens of Spokane, a chance to get used to what will become the norm. On Thursday night Spokane police gave the public a chance to weigh in on the program: what worked, what didn't, and what's next.

Spokane police have been reviewing a number of videos, recorded since September, and during Thursday night's forum Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said he wants to implement a system that very clearly lays out when the officers should hit the record button and when they should. Calling the technology, and his department's use of it, "evolutionary", the chief announced the department would be implementing a new rule effective November 1: every single interaction these 17 officers have will be recorded.

Chief Straub also discussed some of the pros and cons that come with the cameras. The benefits, according to the chief, are increased transparency, video that will assist in arrests and prosecutions, and improved behavior in both officers and citizens.

As for the cons, the chief pointed out privacy and the substantial financial commitments they'll have to make for training and policy changes.

Chief Straub said there will be 220 body cameras by January. If you have a concern about the body cameras, or a question or comment, you can contact the police directly by CLICKING HERE: http://bit.ly/1xH50bT

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