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Condon announces changes for Spokane Police during first mayoral press conference
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Tuesday was Mayor David Condon's first day in office as well as his first press conference under that title. Held at the Nevada-Lidgerwood Neighborhood C.O.P.S. building, he brought together some new and old faces to introduce parts of his new team.

The topics surrounded Spokane Police Department with the creation of advisory boards and commissions to create a better model to deliver police services in Spokane.

Immediate actions also include the evaluation of police body cameras that could be implemented. In Seattle, they're having the same discussions. In a report with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, city councilman Bruce Harrell says he wants to test out the cameras thinking it would provide stronger oversight and project officers from misconduct allegations.

In the aftermath of a fatal police shooting of a First Nations woodcarver last year, Seattle is inching closer to fitting police officers with body-mounted cameras.

City Councilman Bruce Harrell wants to try a pilot project with 40 to 70 officers, equipping them with small cameras for 30 or 60-days while they interact with citizens on traffic stops and arrests. 

Condon also announced that Spokane Police Major Scott Stephens will continue his role as interim police chief until a permanent chief is found during a national search.

Online: If you missed the press conference, we taped it and put it online (above) for you to watch. It features questions and answers from media outlets and an introduction to the new Mayor's Advisory Board on Policing and the beginning work of the Use of Force Commission.

Video Courtesy KXLY-TV

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