The Brooklyn Park Police Department has fully implemented the use of body-worn cameras for all officers that respond to police calls.
History of body-worn cameras in Brooklyn Park
Because of privacy issues and the general complexity of implementing this new technology, we conducted a pilot project that was focused on body-worn cameras. The outcome of this project suggested that the video footage captured served as evidence for criminal prosecution, civil lawsuit defense, and helped to provide context and clarity to the residents we serve.
On September 8, 2015, the police department brought to the City Council a proposed temporary classification of body-worn camera data along with a 60-day pilot program to begin capturing data. Police staff hosted two separate community meetings on December 15, 2015 and January 5, 2016 to inform citizens about the local experience and seek their feedback about the newly emerging technology, its use, and public impact. During those meetings, residents were asked if they wanted police to move forward with a full deployment of body cameras on every officer working in a patrol capacity. Of the present attendees, all but two indicated that they wanted body cameras deployed.
On February 8, 2016, the police department brought the final request for approval before the City Council and an opportunity for residents to provide any feedback. The City Council authorized the police department’s plan to fully deploy cameras to each patrol officer in 2016.