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Spokane police to hold forum on body cameras

Public input can be shared online, at Gonzaga event in October

The Spokane Police Department will be holding a town hall meeting in October to address its new body camera policy.

Seventeen officers began wearing chest-mounted cameras this week as part of a pilot program intended to test a draft policy governing use of the technology. The cameras were bought by the City Council from Taser last year and the Spokane Police Guild approved their use as part of a contract with the city inked in February.

The department will hold a community town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Cataldo Hall on the campus of Gonzaga University. Residents will be able to voice their opinions about the cameras and review the draft policy adopted by the department. In addition, community members are encouraged to post their thoughts at a website discussing the policy on the Spokane City website.

The pilot program is scheduled to end Dec. 31, and the department will begin phasing in the cameras for all its patrol officers. Police say the policy is a draft and likely will undergo several revisions before permanent rules are adopted.