No. Currently, our officers are not equipped with body worn cameras.
The Lynnwood Police Department conducted a body worn camera pilot project in 2016. Since that time, we continue to analyze and discuss our ability to fully implement a body worn camera program. However, there is a wide range of budgetary, legislative, and privacy concerns associated with implementing these systems. Of note, is the aspect of public records requests involving recorded video. We continue to monitor the legislative action around this issue and connect with other local agencies that are implementing these systems. Currently, we do not have the staffing needed to redact the camera footage as part of a public disclosure request. As technology evolves, including the potential development of video redacting software, this process could become more manageable.
We are currently in budget preparation for the next two years and I strongly support the implementation and usage of these systems. Further, I commit to examine this issue as part of that process to determine if the budget would support the addition of a body worn camera program.