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Beaverton Police share body camera info at open houses

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Body worn cameras, like this helmet-mounted unit, are part of a pilot program the Beaverton Police Department is launching with the help of a large grant.The Beaverton Police Department is hosting open houses this week and again in February to receive public input about its implementation of a body-worn camera program.

This week's open house is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Beaverton Police Department, 4755 S.W. Griffth Drive, Beaverton. Another session will be Feb. 18 at the same time and location.

Last year the department was awarded a $150,000 Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program Grant through the U.S. Department of Justice that pays for 100 cameras to help start its program locally and serve as a pilot for other agencies. "The Beaverton Police Department is committed to ensuring continued high-quality service from our officers, increasing transparency and openness with the community, and strengthening trust for the police department. We hope the use of body-worn cameras will help facilitate this commitment," police officials said in a news release about the open houses.