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ST. LOUIS • The city department is asking for public input on the use of body cameras by its police officers.

On Monday, the St. Louis police department tweeted a link to an online survey that poses 11 questions about police using body cameras and the public's interaction with them.

The city police department is winding down a 90-day pilot program that selected some sergeants to wear the cameras on the job.

Monday's survey comes as the department wrestles with whether to equip more officers with cameras. Debate over expanding the program flared between St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and Alderman Chris Carter during a recent hearing on policing.

Survey questions include asking whether people feel safer knowing they are being recorded, if officers should have the discretion to turn off the cameras and if video footage should be considered open records.

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Dotson has said he doesn't see a body camera program being fully implemented before the end of the year. Dotson must also get support from the police union, which has long resisted body cameras over fears officers would be disciplined for minor infractions such as not wearing seat belts.

To access the police department's survey, go to the police department's website,

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