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Shawn Vestal: Spokane is a leader as body cameras catch on at more police departments

Denis McCormick’s job is to monitor complaints about Denver police officers. When the department was getting ready to start wearing body cameras, he found out by reading about it in the newspaper. “It was all done by the chief,” he said. “There was no input from our office or the public prior to this going in.”

House panel introduces body camera retention bill

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation on new video retention requirements for police body cameras. In Idaho, individual police departments decide whether or not they want to implement body-worn cameras because there is no statewide policy on the practice. This has sparked debate...

Nampa police to get body cameras

Police officers in Nampa are likely to be wearing new body cameras in 2017. The Idaho Press-Tribune reported that police department administrators selected Utility Associates Inc. to provide new cameras and software at a price of no more than $100,000.

The tale of the tape: when should police videos be released?

Two police shootings, both recorded by police. In one city, the police recordings were released almost immediately and protests remained calm. In the other, the chief has so far refused to provide the videos to the public and violent protests have wrought destruction in the heart of the city. Two different outcomes that raise some key questions: How soon are police obligated to release the recordings and why might they keep a lid on it?

Body camera footage access extended to members of Police Ombudsman Office

The Spokane Police Guild and Interim Police Ombudsman Bart Logue have come to an agreement expanding access to officers’ body camera footage. Logue’s assistant will have access to digitally stored body camera footage turned over to the Office of the Police Ombudsman for review in specific cases. However, only Logue will be allowed to critically view the footage to offer suggestions and recommendations to police.