Just two months into a pilot program, the Spokane Police Department is ramping its use of body cameras.
Chief Frank Straub held a public forum tonight at Gonzaga University�to discuss the body cam program and get feedback from the public.
The department has held over 20 of these meetings to discuss everything from privacy rights to how the footage will be stored.
"The idea is to really familiarize the community with the capabilities of the cameras as well as the difficulties that sometimes present themselves," says Straub.
He also announced an expansion of the program for the 17 officers currently using them.
"We have been somewhat discretionary as to what we've been recording. But as of November 1st, we will be recording all interactions that we have with community."
There will be some exceptions. Due to HIPPA laws, healthcare facilities will be immune as well as casual encounters with officers.
"If you come up to me and say excuse me officer I'm looking for Wendy's. We're not going to record that conversation," says Straub.