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Kauai police rolling out body cameras for patrol officers without union support

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LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Kauai police will be the first in the state to use body cameras when they roll out the devices next week.  

Patrol officers should be equipped with them and begin recording encounters by the end of the week.  

Kauai Chief Darryl Perry says he still hasn't gotten approval from the police union, SHOPO, to roll out the cameras.

But he says he has made almost all the changes to the body camera policy that SHOPO requested. He also said he has waited long enough and will move forward even if it means he doesn't have the support of the union.  

KPD was the first department in the state to test the cameras last year.

Since then, Maui and Hawaii County police departments have also completed pilot projects and are planning to purchase body cameras.

Only the Honolulu Police Department has not tested them.

Kauai police have 105 body cameras, but delayed their release as they addressed SHOPO's concerns.

The two sides met just before Thanksgiving and Perry believes they ironed out most of the issues.

The union believes body cams fall under "mutual consent."which requires their approval.

"Anything that affects salaries, wages and work conditions, that has to be mutually agreed upon with the union," SHOPO President Tenari Maafala said in an interview last month.

But Perry calls it a "meet and confer" issue, saying the department has discretion over items that have to do with technology and can move forward at any time.

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