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Community Forum on the use of Body Cameras

Like many police departments across the country, the Albemarle County Police Department is considering the use of mandatory body cameras for officers. This decision is not being made lightly and the department is doing its due diligence to research the pros and cons of the new technology.

Colonel Steve Sellers explains, “Many communities have rushed to outfit their police officers with body cameras without much thought about personal privacy issues, community expense, policy development and input from both the community and the officers who may have to wear them. Not the ACPD.”

If the department moves forward with body cameras, the agency wants to do so with a strong policy which clearly defines their use and purpose. The ACPD is currently reviewing different options and model policies. The department tested body cameras and Colonel Sellers held an internal meeting to get feedback from his staff. He is now asking for your input and is inviting you to an open discussion on the use of body cameras.

The Albemarle County Crime Prevention Council, which represents the community and works directly with the Chief, is hosting an open town hall meeting to discuss body cameras. A panel of experts as well as a professional facilitator will be on hand to help guide the conversation.

This is a complicated issue and one with lasting implications. We ask that you join us for this important discussion. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 15th at 7pm in Room A at the Albemarle County Police Department on 5th Street.


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