December 9, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) A Minneapolis Police Officer discharged his weapon once during the early morning hours of November 19th, striking the side of a vehicle. The MPD has sent this case to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review and the Department’s Internal Affairs Unit will also investigate. Anytime an officer uses deadly force […]
A big should out to the 3rd Precinct Advisory Council (3PAC), who provided a delicious meal for everyone at the 3rd precinct. They are engaged members of the community and a valuable partner to law enforcement. Thanks for all that you do do! 3PAC is a citizen run meeting held at the 3rd Precinct the […]
On November 21st, officers from the 4th Precinct responded to a call on the 3700 block of Newton Avenue North. The victim informed the officers that a red swastika had been painted on her garage. She also informed officers that the house next to hers, that was vacant, also had a red swastika painted on […]
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.