Woodbury police are preparing to launch its body camera pilot project and seeking public input.
Over the next 45 days, the city will hold a public forum to present a draft policy on the camera’s use and purchase information. The City Council will also have a staff workshop to review the cameras and public feedback.
In March, the police department will have four cameras for use by all officers, and four more will be added by July. The pilot program will run through 2017 and a decision will then be made on the department’s continued camera use on a permanent basis.
“Woodbury Public Safety is striving for a transparent and inclusive public input process,” the police department said in a news release Wednesday. “The public forum is intended to be a two-way conversation with citizens. Public input will be considered and used to guide and manage the BWC [body-worn camera] purchase, implementation and policy.”
The public forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the council chambers at Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road. People can also comment at the City Council workshop on Jan. 18.