Body-worn camera policy and resource guide
The MCPA has set up this page as a resource to help members navigate through the complex issues surrounding the implementation of body-worn cameras. The page includes links to the latest news articles on body-worn cameras, sample policies, talking points, facts and figures on the technology and general guidance from the association. The goal of the page is to give members enough information on this emerging technology to help them make an informed decision on how to best deploy cameras in their agencies.
Body-worn camera member survey
Leading up to the legislative discussions around body cameras we conducted a body-worn camera survey of our membership.
Highlights of the survey include:
- 84% of police chiefs are generally in favor of body-worn cameras
- 82% of agencies intend to deploy body-worn cameras over the next five years
- 60% of police chiefs cited citizen’s privacy issues as their number one concern to deploy body-worn camera
Click here to see the survey results
Sample policies from other Minnesota agencies:
Spring Lake Park
For a comprehensive set of considerations, please visit the Bureau of Justice's Body-worn Camera Toolkit
Latest news and reports on body-worn cameras
What Minnesota cities are doing:
IACP: Guiding overview on BWCs
Owatonna People's Press: Police Study Body Cameras
Star Tribune: Minneapolis Police oversight committee release body-camera report
From around the nation:
Government Technology: Making Police Body Cams Work on a Mass Scale
PERF: "Implementation and lessons learned"
IACP Magazine: Don't take the body camera's word
AP: PA court rules police videos can be public records
NPR: What about all that video?