Minneapolis Police Arson Investigators are looking to identify a suspect in a recent fire believed to be an arson. The fire was started in the early morning hours of July 23, 2017 at a hotel construction site (1103 West Lake St.). Surveillance cameras at a nearby business captured this man entering the construction site multiple […]
July 26, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Investigators from the Minneapolis Police Department’s Homicide Unit were notified today the 31-year-old female who had been stabbed during a robbery on July 15, 2017 has died. On July 15, 2017, just after midnight officers from the First Precinct responded to a report of a stabbing in Parking Ramp B, 516 […]
July 26, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Acting Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced changes in the Police Department’s Body Worn Camera (BWC) Policy today. The changes, which go into effect in three days, require officers to begin recording when they are dispatched to any call for service, or take part in self-initiated activity. […]
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.