Police getting new cameras in Spokane patrol cars

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 6:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane Police Department will soon have new cameras in almost every police cruiser.

The city council has recently approved $1.1 million for the new equipment. The cameras are a response to the use of force recommendations that came after the beating of Otto Zehm at a north Spokane convenience store.

Officials say the department must first finalize terms with the police guild because the cameras involve officer's rights and now they are setting up protocol on how they will be used.

The city is also considering body camera for each officers but the funding has not been figured out yet.

The remaining money from the 1.1 million dollars will fund additional training for officers, batons and tazers.

The department is aiming to have the gear in place by this fall.

 

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