Syracuse Police Department seeking community input on body camera program

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – The Syracuse Police Department is asking for the public’s input on their use of officer-worn body cameras.

A 22-question multiple choice survey released on May 15, asks about privacy concerns, safety and whether or not officers should be allowed to review footage before writing a report.

The goal, according to Public Information Officer, Sgt. Matthew Malinowski, is to improve the program both for officers and the public.

“Well this is for the community, so we would like 100% response, but we haven’t gotten that yet. The numbers are a little lower than we would hope,” said Malinowski.

As of May 29, SPD had only received approximately 800 completed surveys from the public. 

The department has been using body cameras since 2017, but as their latest trial with Axon hits the halfway point, They are hoping to guarantee future success.

Anyone living or working in Syracuse is encouraged to take the survey. Syracuse Police Officers will also be weighing in. The survey will remain active until June 15.

While the results of the survey don’t guarantee changes to department policy Malinowski said if there was a broad concern it would definitely be looked internally.

To fill out the survey click here.

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