Jacksonville citizens have their say on police body cameras Tuesday
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Last Tuesday night, the Jacksonville City Council approved $2.7 million toward the sheriff’s office upgrading its server to accommodate body camera file footage.

This Tuesday night, community stakeholders will hear from the people in a Jacksonville neighborhood where the nexus of violent crime and police involvement is particularly prominent.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will have a “town hall” on police body cameras at Edward Waters College’s Milne Auditorium.

The event includes a brief informational presentation by Director of Police Services Tony Davis followed by a public comment session.

This will be the first of six such town halls.

The second one will be held a week later, in the Capper Auditorium at the North Campus of Florida State College – Jacksonville.

The sheriff’s office is preparing to launch a pilot program, though it is uncertain as of yet whether or not body cameras will be subject to collective bargaining.

The local police union filed a complaint with the Public Employees Relations Commission, as it is the union position that such should be a subject of collective bargaining, but that complaint is still unresolved.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski



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