June 27th, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Chief Janeé Harteau has appointed Aaron Biard as the new 4th Precinct Inspector. Biard will assume the role beginning August 20th when Inspector Mike Kjos assumes his new position as the Deputy Chief of the MPD’s Operations Bureau. Between now and August 20th, Lt. Biard will continue to prepare for his […]
“I want to recognize and acknowledge everyone’s viewpoints. I also want to thank Pride for their decision after a very thoughtful conversation yesterday. I look forward to future discussions, I look forward to seeing everybody out at the parade on Sunday, and I want to wish everybody a happy Pride!”
To: Dot Belstler, Executive Director Twin Cities Pride 2021 East Hennepin Avenue Suite 402-7 Minneapolis, MN 55413 Dot – I have spent the past couple days taking in as much information as I could, regarding all that has been said about officers not being welcome to march in this year’s PRIDE parade. […]
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.