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Spokane Police work to implement body cameras

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department plans to equip 15 to 20 officers with body cameras starting the first week of September. Police Chief Frank Straub says his team still has a lot of details to work out, but that this is something that has been on their radar for quite some time.

Body cameras are an issue that comes up after nearly every officer involved shooting. In just the last two years, there have been more than a dozen in Spokane.

Police say actually acquiring the cameras was the easy part. The hard part, creating a system that uses them effectively. It is something they are still working on.

Right now, the other issue is when to use the cameras. At this time, it will be at the officer's discretion of whether or not to record. However, if an officer chooses not to record, they will have to explain why they did not. Police also have to comply with Washington law that states a person must know they are being recorded.

Police are hoping this will not only be a useful tool in tough situations, but that it will also show the times officers help save lives and make a difference in the community.

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