Officers from the MPD’s Gang Intervention Team (GIT) stopped a vehicle last night at the intersection of Dowling Avenue North and Xerxes Avenue North at approximately 8:00 p.m., for several traffic violations. The vehicle had dark tinted windows and was also driving without headlights. The window tint on a vehicle must not exceed 50% under state law and all vehicle must […]
Officers from the Third Precinct responded to a shots fired call at the Pump and Munch gas station, 400 46th Street East, just before 5:00 p.m. tonight. The 911 caller reported seeing a male in the parking lot with a gun and heard gun shots. When officers arrived they arrested two adult males and recovered a […]
It’s not often your picture gets sandwiched between a US Supreme Court Justice and the former Vice President of the United States. It happened to Chief Harteau today. She was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine; an honor she shares with CEOs, a Chancellor, a Prime Minister, a professional athlete, and […]
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.