Everett Police Working On Roll Out Of Body Worn Cameras For Patrol Officers

January 8, 2021

Police Blotter

The camera is worn on the officer’s uniform.

Back in November we told you about the Everett City Council approving a grant to outfit police patrol officers in Everett, Washington with body worn cameras. At that time the hope was to deploy them by the end of the year.

That process is taking a bit longer than expected and we checked in with Everett Police Public Information Officer Aaron Snell and asked about the progress.

Q: How many cameras have been deployed so far?

A: None. We are currently receiving and processing the units.

Q: What is the schedule?

A: It depends on the timeline of working within the City of Everett to get everything processed. The goal continues to be getting them out ASAP.

Q: If someone wants the footage, what are the procedures?

A: Requests go through the typical standard Public Disclosure Request process.

Q: If an officer tells a person “I’m videotaping you” or whatever official language is used, can the person say “Turn that off you can’t record this?”

A: No – this only happens in certain circumstances. Conversations with law enforcement are not considered private under WA law and there is no requirement to turn off the BWC due to an objection.

MyEverettNews.com will continue to follow up and let you know when the cameras are deployed and how the program is progressing.


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