Public comment sought regarding Pasadena police body camera policy

PASADENA >> Tee public is invited to offer comments on the Pasadena Police Department’s developing police body camera policy Monday during a meeting of the Public Safety Committee, officials said.
The meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, one the second floor of Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Avenue.
Police are planning to begin fielding body-worn camera on officers, as well as non-sworn personnel assigned to patrol and jail duties, city officials said in a written statement.
“The City is seeking input from residents and others about possible elements for a new policy such as handling and storage of video recordings; how and when body cameras should be activated or turned off; public access to the recorded videos, and privacy issues,” according to the statement.
Pasadena officials allocated $300,000 to outfit the Pasadena Police Department with body cameras in June, but elected to delay deployment of the cameras pending the development of a policy.
And the city received $250,000 in federal funds for the program in September as part of a $23 million initiative by the Obama administration to outfit police with body cameras throughout the nation.
In a separate but related matter, officials issued a Request for Proposals was issued last week for the hiring of a consultant to study police oversight models for the department, officials said. Responses are due at the city manager’s office by 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 6.

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