“Can or should police officers record all contacts with the public? If so, how about victims of domestic violence or sexual assault? How about citizens who wish to give information anonymously to the police. Must they be recorded?Those are questions that the department is trying to answer, Mills said, adding that the project is in the very early discussion stage. The city attorney will look into legal precedents that could answer many of those questions, he said.
“Is all of this video subject to the public records act? A recent case in Washington brought to a halt one program because a person filed for all of the video collected and it would have taken a full-time staff to just download the video to produce for the PRA.
“Much of the video recorded will be exculpatory. How is this video transmitted to the DA, Defense or Court? Who pays for it?
“Is the technology available locally to realistically store this much data. We spoke with one department who paid a great deal of money to broaden the band width in order to upload that much data to the Cloud.
“How long should digital information be held?”