SHOPO files complaint over use of police body cameras on Kauai

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Kauai Police Department’s use of body cameras has hit a speed bump.

The police union, SHOPO, complained to the Hawaii Labor Relations Board, because it didn’t sign off on the program first.

SHOPO, the board, and Kauai County lawyers met Friday, and a hearing is scheduled for later this month.

The department purchased 105 body cameras and adopted a policy to have officers turn on during an assignment. Recordings would uploaded at the end of the shift, and stored at a secured third-party site.

Officers would not have the ability to edit footage.

“The Kauai Police Department is committed to creating a more transparent department and being more accountable to the community that we serve. This technology is another step in the right direction toward achieving that goal,” Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry previously said.

SHOPO president Tenari Maafala previously told KHON2 while the union is in favor of the cameras, there are still privacy issues that need to be ironed out.

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