The Carrboro Board of Aldermen held a public hearing Tuesday night on the implementation of body-worn cameras by the Carrboro Police Department.
The board also heard presentations on the Orange County 2017 property revaluation results, a review of facility conditions within the town, and an amendment to town code on keeping residential chickens and rabbits.
A body camera policy aimed at improving transparency and accountability within the police department has been in the works in Carrboro for the past two years. Members of the town, police department, the Board of Aldermen, the ACLU and police attorneys have worked on the policy.
Body camera footage will be helpful to officers in writing their reports, Carrboro Police Chief Walter Horton said, but in instances of officer-involved shootings, an officer can’t view the video until they make a written statement.
“We have a solid policy, and we’ve worked on it very hard,” Horton said. “There’s no way to capture everything in this policy, but we’ve done a great job.”