Police Body Worn Camera Public Process and Pilot Program Implementation
After months of research by a team of Woodbury police and IT personnel, Woodbury Public Safety has crafted a draft policy that governs the use of body worn cameras (BWC) by police officers. This team has taken numerous steps to become well-informed on the topic. They received training from the League of Minnesota Cities, sought advice from legal counsel, and have received input from a police officer BWC focus group. The team also considered civil rights principles in the use of body worn cameras, as developed by a broad coalition of civil rights, privacy, and media interest groups.
One key legislative requirement for BWC programs is the need to provide opportunity for public input regarding the purchase, policy and implementation of a BWC program.
Questions, comments and concerns about the draft policy, purchase and implementation can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Woodbury Public Safety
Attention: BWC Policy
2100 Radio Dr. Woodbury, MN 55125
The pilot program is anticipated to run through 2017. During this time the department will work to evaluate the policy, as well as the technology, and review public comments to ensure a balance is struck among all who have interest in the policy.
Key dates for Body Worn Camera Public Process-Implementation:
|Nov. 30, 2016||Host Public Forum. Public Safety staff to present plan, draft policy and purchase information
to members of the public.
|Dec. 12, 2016||Begin receiving public comment.|
|Jan. 18, 2017||Council Workshop. Staff to present plan, draft policy, purchase information and summary of
public comments to Council. Council will receive additional public comment at this workshop.
|March 3, 2017||Finalize policy, and prepare for implementation.|