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Body Worn Camera Project

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Having followed the evolution of body-worn camera technology for several years, PPB believes the technology supports 21st Century Policing and will enhance the community-police relationship by providing additional transparency into the daily operations of the Police Bureau.

Body-worn camera systems will also build community trust, which is essential to effectively serving a city of Portland's size, diversity, and complexity.  Body-worn cameras will provide police officers and community members with greater accountability and a better understanding of critical events of public concern.  Additionally, body-worn camera systems will facilitate fair and transparent adjudication of criminal and civil matters.

PPB evaluated and scored four vendors who responded to the RFP.  After reviewing the vendors written responses and conducting demonstrations of the top two vendors, PPB has selected Axon for the pilot test which is currently planned for 2023. 

The policy discussions between the City and the PPA have concluded, and the policy was approved by City Council on April 26, 2023.  This policy will be tested during the pilot, which is currently scheduled to begin on Monday, August 21, 2023, and run through October 19, 2023. Please see the current project timeline for the project.