Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Deadline coming for police body-camera survey

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 2:53 PM

If you want to give city officials your opinion about having Rochester police wear body cameras, you have only a few more days to do it. Community surveys have been circulated for the past two months, and City Council leaders announced today that the survey period will end at 5 p.m. on June 30.

Paper copies of the survey are available at the City Council office in City Hall and at all Neighborhood Service Centers. You can also call and ask that a copy be mailed to you. And the survey is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/rochesterbodycameras

Questions include whether you want police to wear the cameras, your concerns about privacy, and whether the cameras should be turned off on request.

South District Council member Adam McFadden, who chairs Council’s Public Safety, Youth, and Recreation Committee, said in the Council press release that he believes there is a consensus in the community that police should wear body cameras. “What is most important now,” he said, is deciding how we use them, who has access to them, and working out the details concerning all of the policy and procedures.”

Council plans to hold a public hearing on policy and procedures; details about that meeting “will be forthcoming,” the Council press release said.

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