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Minneapolis PD asks public to review body camera policy draft


The Minneapolis Police Department has released a preliminary draft of their body camera policy.

This comes after the city council approved a contract to have all officers wear a camera by October, KSTP reports.

That's approximately 600 officers, the police department says.

The draft is nine pages long and explains procedures for using, handling and managing media captured by a Body Worn Camera (BWC).

Police say camera equipment has several purposes including capturing evidence for court cases, helping officers recall facts for reports, helping with training and assessing officer interactions, and enhancing the public's trust in the department.

The draft reiterates that cameras are not meant for officer surveillance. However, the footage may be used as evidence if complaints are made about an officer.

Deputy Chief Travis Glampe says they're releasing the draft to invite the public to comment and make suggestions.

According to a video released by the department, Minneapolis police will begin using cameras in the 1st Precinct (downtown) in May. The use of cameras will spread to the other four precincts through October.

Each camera will cost about $400. The costs of storing data for each officer will be about $90 a month.

All data will be stored for at least one year. Any data that is specially classified will be kept for at least six years.

You can check out the video below:

The department asks people to share their thoughts on the draft by emailing with "Body Camera Policy" in the subject line.

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