Body-worn cameras now used by police throughout Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Police Department has completed the introduction of body-worn cameras to the police force. The cameras will now be worn by officers who respond to 911 calls in all five police precincts. The citywide rollout is a culmination of community input to enhance accountability and transparency.
After years of studying, testing and evaluating, officers began wearing body cameras in the 1st Precinct back in July. The introduction of the cameras puts Minneapolis at the forefront of cities across the country that are using them to help improve interactions between police officers and residents. Body cameras are now a recommended best practice for policing.
The use of body-worn cameras comes after the finalization of MPD’s body-worn camera policy, which was developed with extensive feedback from and involvement with community. The cameras are an important tool in providing transparency in government and in helping improve relationships between police and community.
Published Nov 15, 2016