Vancouver Police beginning 60-day body cam test – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-12-08 19:03:56 –

VPD said it was a step towards the required transparency

Vancouver, WA (KOIN) — Over the next 60 days, the Vancouver Police Department will try out body and dash camera computer systems to see if the company’s technology suits the needs of the department.

The body camera looks like a cell phone that snaps into a policeman’s bulletproof vest with a hole through which the lens can be seen through. There are two dash cams, one in front of the car and one in the back.

These cameras have many automatic recording features. For example, when the siren is ringing, or when a policeman gets out of the car with the siren ringing, or when he pulls a gun.

Vancouver police officials said this was a necessary step towards transparency.

“Several events within the last few years have increased the voice of the community that this is what they were really interested in,” said Troy Price of VPD.

These body cams occur in recent years after several police shots among homeless and mentally ill minorities. Leaders of the NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens of Vancouver told KOIN 6 News that they are taking this step towards accountability, but are worried about how the policy will work.

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