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October 11, 2011 at 4:35 PM

City auditor to review SPD policy on dash-cam videos

The City Auditor’s Office will review the policies, procedures and use of dashboard video cameras by the Seattle Police Department following complaints that the department has lost tens of thousands of videos and often fails to turn over video when requested by citizens or attorneys.

Deputy City Auditor Mary Denzel said the audit was requested by Councilmember Nick Licata, apparently after the councilman spoke with Eric Rachner, a Seattle computer security expert who was arrested in 2008 while playing “urban golf” with friends on Capitol Hill. Rachner sued the department last week, alleging that a review of the department’s database showed thousands of deleted videos and instances where the department failed to fill public-disclosure requests.

KOMO-TV has also filed a lawsuit, alleging the department failed to comply with public disclosure laws.

Denzel said the department is in the “survey phase,” attempting to establish the scope of the audit. At the very least, it will include a review of the department’s policy for use of dash-cams video, the process in place for training officers in its use and whether the department’s system is technologically sound.

She expects the audit to be completed sometime before the council completes its budget discussions, before Thanksgiving. “We are working on a pretty fast time frame,” she said.

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