CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Charlottesville City Councilor Michael Payne is worried the Flock Safety cameras being eyed for potential use in Charlottesville will violate civil liberties and privacy. But a group of local citizens is willing to help launch the program, even without a vote from the council.

"It's Council that gave us the go-ahead. It's not something that was voted upon," said Kyle Ervin, the public information officer for Charlottesville Police.

At a recent City Council meeting, Charlottesville Police Chief Michael Kochis told city leaders about Flock Safety cameras.

"We wanted to make sure this was something Council was on board with," said Ervin.

These cameras use Flock technology to take pictures of passing vehicles and provide officers with their make, model and color to help with investigations -- something regular cameras can't do.

Ervin says CPD can initiate a pilot program without a formal vote from Council. But, Councilors were able to ask questions and provide feedback.

Payne says he's uncomfortable with the idea.

"In my mind, it's a serious privacy concern no matter what you do, again, just because of the nature of the technology," he said. "I'm also concerned about, down the road, how may Flock monetize that data? How may they change how they may decide to use that data five, ten, fifteen years from now?"

Payne would like to see a written policy or contract outlining how Flock will store and use the data collected from the cameras.

Ervin says the Charlottesville Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization made up of local citizens who support the department, would fund a 12-month pilot program.

"They help us with a lot of community events, they help us with our K9 unit. So many programs that help the morale of our officers and indirectly out community as well, bringing us together," said Ervin.

But Ervin says there's a process that must take place before installation can happen.

"A contract has to be looked at by the city attorney's office and the police department. They have to deem that contract acceptable. Secondly, they have to develop a policy. Third, we have to train the entire department on the system and how to use it properly. And then four, we got to educate the public on where these cameras are, what they look like, their function. And then, finally, we can implement the program," he said.

Ervin says he doesn't know how long this process will take.