Gonzaga campus officers participating in body camera pilot program

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Campus officers at Gonzaga University are participating in a one-year body-worn camera pilot program. 

The program, implemented by the university’s Campus Security and Public Safety department, will start during the fall semester. 

In an email to the campus community, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Dr. Kent Porterfield said the decision comes after nearly a year of researching best practices, exploring potential vendors and drafting department procedures. 

This past fall, Student Affairs met with Gonzaga faculty, staff and students to discuss safety on campus, including body-worn cameras. 

“Security industry research shows that body-worn cameras strengthen law enforcement transparency, accountability, report accuracy, and training,” Porterfield said in the email. “The use of body-worn cameras has become increasingly common at universities, including other Jesuit colleges and universities across the country.” 

Spokane Police Department officers have worn body cameras for several years. Deputies with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office were equipped with cameras for the first time in 2021. 

More information on Gonzaga’s program can be found here

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