Hearing begins over Kauai Police Department’s body camera program

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The Kauai Police Department continues to fight for the use of body cameras.

Thursday marked the first of a two-day hearing before the Hawaii Labor Relations Board.

The police officers’ union, SHOPO, filed a complaint with the board because it didn’t sign off on the program before the department purchased 105 cameras.

Union officials say they support the idea behind the program, but want to make sure the police is well-written to protect officers’ privacy rights.

Both sides met to try and work out their differences.

“My thought is that this is an issue that needs to be clarified in the best interest of the public to make sure that we provide them the best service delivery that we can,” said Kauai police chief Darry Perry. “The body worn cameras is a technological instrument that we can use to accomplish our mission of keeping the public safe.”

If the body cameras are put into use, recordings would be uploaded at the end of the shift, and stored at a secured third-party site.

Officers would not have the ability to edit footage.

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