LE agencies move forward on body camera program

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - What’s your take on local law enforcement agencies using body-worn camera systems?

The Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County Sheriff’s Office want public input on the proposed policy for the camera program the agencies plan to implement next year.

The policy can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2Bqvqa4. The comment submission form is also available at this link. Public input will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 15.

The draft policy, according to a RCPD release, has been reviewed by the Pennington County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Pennington County Public Defender’s Office and the RCPD’s citizen-based Community Advisory Committee.

In early January 2018, the RCPD and PCSO intend to begin a three-month pilot program in which a small fraction of officers and deputies will use cameras from two different manufacturers.

Following the results of this pilot program, both agencies intend to fully implement a camera system into patrol operations by summer of 2018.

Funding for the program comes from a $300,000 Department of Justice grant with the RCPD and PCSO each contributing $150,000 in matching funds.