PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Committee On Community Engaged-Policing met with city staffers, police and residents on Sunday night to talk about body cameras and how they will be used.
A settlement agreement with the Department Of Justice says officers must have them. The plan is to send out requests for proposal to companies that offer the equipment by the end of January.
The goal of the committee is to work with Mayor Ted Wheeler who is also the Police Commissioner, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell, members of the bureau and citizens to exchange information and come up with meaningful outcomes related to the community and develop trust in police.
Police believe the cameras will help tell the stories of what happens accurately. Transparency is the goal. The cameras are expensive and questions remain about storage and how to prevent video from being edited.
More information can be found at rethinkportland.com.