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The latest from Chief Harteau on Pride

“I want to recognize and acknowledge everyone’s viewpoints. I also want to thank Pride for their decision after a very thoughtful conversation yesterday. I look forward to future discussions, I look forward to seeing everybody out at the parade on Sunday, and I want to wish everybody a happy Pride!”

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Chief Harteau’s Response to TC Pride

  To: Dot Belstler, Executive Director Twin Cities Pride 2021 East Hennepin Avenue   Suite 402-7   Minneapolis, MN 55413 Dot – I have spent the past couple days taking in as much information as I could, regarding all that has been said about officers not being welcome to march in this year’s PRIDE parade. […]

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Adult Male Arrested Following Morning Homicide

June 17, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Around 3:17 a.m. officers from the Fourth Precinct heard the sound of gunshots in the area of Webber Parkway and Lyndale Avenue North. As they were responding to the area, the call was updated to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive male lying on the ground. Officers requested paramedics […]

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In 2017

Weapons off the street
469
Community engagement (foot beats, community events, business checks, directed patrol)
65028
Sworn Staff
872
Homicides
17

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Chief Janeé Harteau

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Message From the Chief

Hello Everyone,

We continue to roll out our Body Worn Camera (BWC) Program throughout our 5 police precincts. We’ve had a very smooth transition and officers and community members are becoming more familiar and more comfortable with the program as we progress.

At this point, 363 officers have been trained and equipped with BWCs in the city’s First, Third and Fourth police precincts. This week our patrol officers in the Second Precinct are being trained and equipped. We will conclude our rollout program in the Fifth Precinct in the third week of October. That adds up to 224 more devices to be issued in a little more than a month. Our trainers really have this important presentation for our cops down to a science!

Thus far, the equipment is in good working order and the quality of the video from the cameras has been phenomenal. The infrastructure that helps us store and retrieve the camera footage has held up extremely well and we haven’t had a single issue in that regard. The only real challenge we’ve had is making sure we can securely fasten the BWCs to officers’ uniforms. We have issued several different types of camera mounts as we continue to evaluate which fastener will be the most effective.

I’ve said we believe the cameras will be tools that will increase public trust and transparency, and they will aid in holding everyone accountable during police-public interactions. We’ve been told by prosecutors that body camera footage has been the determining factor in their ability to charge certain cases that may not have been prosecutable. Our officers tell us once they notify some people the cameras are on and rolling, they’ve had several experiences where de-escalation on the part of a subject has happened almost immediately.

 

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