LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Little Rock Police Department is nearly ready to accept bids for body camera equipment.
Assistant Police Chief Alice Fulk said the police department and the city attorney’s office has been working to develop a body camera policy that balances privacy rights and departmental transparency.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2dYzdS3 ) reported that the law enforcement agency will be ready to accept bids in the coming weeks. The bids received will provide a number of details surrounding the body camera system, such as storage capacity, where it’s mounted on an officer and whether camera footage can be redacted.
Fulk said the body camera policy should be finalized by the city attorney’s office by the time the police department selects a camera system. The policy will outline where and in what situations officers should record their actions. Fulk said having body cameras could invade a person’s privacy because police sometimes respond to emergency medical situations, sexual-assault calls and scenarios involving children.
Little Rock police tested four different types of body cameras last year after a committee was created two years ago to explore the use of body cameras for uniformed officers. The call for body cameras on police officers came to the forefront after the 2014 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, by a white officer in Ferguson, Mo.
President of Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police Tommy Hudson said while he understands why body cameras are important, he warned that the cameras cannot provide a complete accounting of an incident.
“That one little box, that one camera, that one little view right there is not going to tell you what’s actually going on or the fear that’s going on in an officer’s mind,” Hudson said.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com