January 15, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Officers from the Fifth Precinct responded to a domestic disturbance at 2101 3rd Avenue South at approximately 10:51 p.m. on January 14th.. The 911 caller reported an assault inside of an apartment. When officers arrived at the address, they located an adult male victim with a stab wound to his chest. […]
Do you buy or sell items on craigslist or another online marketplace? Ever get a nerve-wracking feeling when you have to meet up with a stranger to complete the deal? The MPD welcomes and encourages you to meet-up at any of our five precincts when buying or selling items. They are open and staffed with […]
January 9, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) The adult male victim that had been previously listed in critical condition after an early morning shooting on January 7th has died at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the deceased, as well as the cause and nature of his death. […]
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.