PPD seek input on camera policy

PULLMAN, WA - Pullman Police are turning to the public for input to develop a video policing policy.

Police are looking to address violent crimes and neighborhood issues with the use of video cameras placed at public locations where those types of incidents occur at a high rate of frequency. Live video feeds will be transmitted to the police station and police cars and video will be recorded for use in criminal investigations and prosecutions. In order to address privacy concerns, police want the public's input.

"We're here to provide a public safety service to them [the public] and we know there's a balancing act between big brother watching them and public safety, so we think getting the public's input will help balance that out," said Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins.

The cameras will be paid for by a 300-thousand grant from the Department of Justice. Officials say the cameras will most likely be put up in late spring or early summer.

Informational meetings regarding the camera policy will take place at the following places:

When: Wednesday, January 18 2012; 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stubblefield's Bar & Grille, 600 NE Colorado St.
Host: Pullman College Hill Association

When: Wednesday, February 8 2012; 7:00 p.m.
Where: City Council Chambers, 325 SE Paradise St.
Hosts: Pullman League of Women Voters and Pullman Police Advisory Committee

When: March 2012; exact date/time TBA
Where: WSU Campus; exact location TBA
Hosts: Associated Students of WSU (ASWSU) and WSU Police Advisory Board