Body-worn camera policy and resource guide

The MCPA has set up this page as a resource to help members navigate through the complex issues surrounding the implementation of body-worn cameras. The page includes links to the latest news articles on body-worn cameras, sample policies, talking points, facts and figures on the technology and general guidance from the association. The goal of the page is to give members enough information on this emerging technology to help them make an informed decision on how to best deploy cameras in their agencies.

Governor signs body-worn camera bill

Click here for the body-worn camera (BWC) law

Guidance from IPAD on body-worn camera data

League of MN Cities briefing on BWC law 

Body-worn camera Frequently Asked Questions

Bureau of Justice Guidance

Body-worn camera member survey 

Leading up to the legislative discussions around body cameras we conducted a body-worn camera survey of our membership. 

Highlights of the survey include: 

  • 84% of police chiefs are generally in favor of body-worn cameras 
  • 82% of agencies intend to deploy body-worn cameras over the next five years 
  • 60% of police chiefs cited citizen’s privacy issues as their number one concern to deploy body-worn camera

    Click here to see the survey results

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Sample policies from other Minnesota agencies:

Spring Lake Park

For a comprehensive set of considerations, please visit the Bureau of Justice's Body-worn Camera Toolkit

Latest news and reports on body-worn cameras

What Minnesota cities are doing:

IACP: Guiding overview on BWCs

Owatonna People's Press: Police Study Body Cameras

Star Tribune: Minneapolis Police oversight committee release body-camera report

From around the nation:

Government Technology: Making Police Body Cams Work on a Mass Scale

PERF: "Implementation and lessons learned

IACP Magazine: Don't take the body camera's word

AP: PA court rules police videos can be public records

NPR: What about all that video?