Portland police will discuss body cams in 2 forums

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PORTLAND — The use of body cameras by city police will be discussed in community forums Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22.

The March 21 forum will be held in the Deering High School cafeteria, 370 Stevens Ave. On March 22, the forum will be held in the Rines Auditorium of the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. Both begin at 5:30 p.m.

A pilot program for the use of body cameras is expected to begin this spring, with full implementation in the fall. On Feb. 21, Police Chief Michael Sauschuck presented an overview of the program to city councilors in a workshop. The pilot program is funded with $26,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The $400,000 needed to fully implement body camera use is allocated in the upcoming capital improvements budget councilors will consider in April.

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