April 26, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Officers from the First Precinct responded to the 1500 block of Park Avenue South on a report of a disturbance at a residence around 6:45 p.m. While officers were responding another 911 caller provided information that someone had been shot. Officers arrived and were unable to locate a victim. Several witnesses […]
Minneapolis Police Announce New Deputy Chief and 4th Precinct Inspector, Effective August 20th April 25th, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Chief Janeé Harteau is proud to announce Michael Kjos will be the MPD’s newest Deputy Chief, in charge of the department’s newly formed Operations Bureau. He will oversee all aspects of 9-1-1 response at the precinct level […]
Officers in the Fourth Precinct responded to a property damage crash around 1:00 a.m. this morning on the 2700 block of Penn Avenue North. When officers arrived, they learned a car had hit three parked cars. Officers recognized the driver involved in the crash as a convicted felon and gang member from prior contact with […]
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.