The Portland Police Bureau is currently researching on-body cameras for police officers and would like to hear from the community about this important topic. The Bureau believes that the use of on-body cameras by police officers can improve community relationships, build trust and enhance officer accountability.
There are many steps in this process before the Bureau can move toward implementation on the street:
The Oregon Legislature is addressing several legal questions surrounding police use of on-body camera systems, including, but not limited to, consent and public records. Through July 2015, the City of Portland will be involved in the legislative process and begin developing a budget.
Once the legislative process is complete and the legal hurdles have been addressed, the City will address equipment acquisition, discuss relevant bargaining issues, create policy around the use of on-body cameras, develop training for the use of on-body cameras, and eventually implement the use of on-body cameras by police officers on the street.
With this realistic timeline, the Bureau does not expect to begin implementation of on-body cameras until sometime in 2016.
We Need Your Feedback
The Portland Police Bureau would like to hear your thoughts about on-body cameras as a tool to enhance community relationships, build trust and enhance officer accountability.
Please provide feedback using the form below. Questions to consider include:
Privacy issues that concern you.
How to use the technology during sensitive investigations: domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, response to care for someone needing mental health assistance?
Should footage be available to anyone who asks (this could include victim interviews, interior of homes, children, uninvolved community members, etc.)?
Once footage is released, should there be any restrictions on sharing and posting that video?
Other thoughts, suggestions or concerns you may have.
Thank you for your interest in this important discussion.