The police department is currently in Phase II of the implementation of Body Warn Cameras (BWC). As part of Phase II, Minnesota state law and department policy will guide the implementation and use of body cameras. The draft policy is still being developed and will be posted for public comment at a later date.
As part of Phase I of implementation of body worn cameras, the city had a public comment period to address the purchasing of body worn cameras for the police department. All the comments received were in strong support of purchasing body worn cameras for police officers.
The department purchased TASER® Axon 2 body worn cameras for every sworn officer. Additionally, the purchase included the use of http://Evidence.com for the management and storage of body worn camera data.
We have addressed some frequently asked questions regarding body cameras below, along with a link to the League of Minnesota Cities publication on body worn cameras.