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Patrol officers decline to participate in body camera study

November 29, 2018

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Patrol officers for a New Hampshire city are declining to participate in a study group looking into implementing a body camera program.

Police Commission Chairman Joe Onosko says the study group is scheduled to meet Thursday and the commission had invited two officers from three Portsmouth police unions representing patrol officers, civilian police employees and ranking officers. The Portsmouth Herald reports the patrolman’s union says it will send “a single observer” instead of two patrol officers.

Onosko says the union’s lawyer told him they were recommending an observer because body cameras would impact existing contracts. Onosko says the ranking officers plan to have two officers on the committee and the civilian employee union will have one.

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com

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