May 22, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Officers from the Fourth Precinct responded to a Shotspotter activation in the area of 21st Avenue North and Ilion Avenue North at 7:40 p.m. When Officers arrived, they were directed to the intersection of Broadway Avenue West and Ilion Avenue North where an adult male had been found shot in a […]
The Minneapolis Police Department was proud to recognize officers and civilians for their admirable service to the City of Minneapolis in 2016. Chief Harteau and MPD leaders handed out dozens of awards to officers for their heroic actions, lifesaving efforts, and dedicated service. The MPD also named the Department’s Unit of the Year, Civilian of […]
In recognition of #NationalPoliceWeek, the Minneapolis Police Department and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office honored the officers who have been injured or lost their lives in the line of duty.
Message From the Chief
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.