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December 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Seattle police hit the streets with body cameras

A handful of Seattle police officers hit the streets Friday with new body cameras. The officers are assigned to the department’s East Precinct, which covers Capitol Hill and nearby neighborhoods. The officers have completed training and will now use the cameras as part of a pilot project to test two different brands of cameras over a six-month…


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October 31, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Spokane police to leave body cameras on for most interactions

SPOKANE — As Spokane police continue to test body cameras they’ll have less choice about when they can stop recording. Chief Frank Straub told a community forum Thursday night at Gonzaga University that officers will have to record nearly every contact with the public and can’t stop even if requested by someone in their home. Straub says…


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September 12, 2014 at 7:26 PM

King County Council member introduces body-camera proposal

A King County Council member has introduced legislation calling for a pilot project that would outfit King County sheriff’s deputies with body cameras and develop a task force to address privacy and public-disclosure issues relating to the recording devices. The proposal would allow the King County Sheriff’s Office to develop a program to experiment with officer-worn…


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April 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Bremerton police to test wearing video cameras

The Associated Press BREMERTON — Police expect complaints against officers will decline if officers wear video cameras that record every encounter, Chief Steve Strachan recently told the City Council. The department expects to receive cameras next month that two officers will test as the department makes a final decision about wearable cameras, the Kitsap Sun reported Sunday. Each…


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December 20, 2013 at 6:40 AM

Bellingham police testing body cameras

The Associated Press BELLINGHAM — Bellingham police will test body-mounted cameras that can provide audio and video records of encounters between officers and the public. Police Chief Clifford Cook told the city council three officers will test the cameras before a decision is made on whether to adopt them. The Bellingham Herald reports the Bellingham Police Guild supports…


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