Minneapolis residents are invited to voice their opinions on police body cameras at three listening sessions over the next two months that are supposed to help guide the research and drafting of the Minneapolis Police Department's policy on the cameras' use.
The department hopes to have all officers outfitted with the wearable cameras by late this year.
According to a Wednesday release, the Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission is seeking public input on the use of police body cameras prior to the rollout of the police department's program in 2016.
The first listening session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, located at 2001 Plymouth Ave. N (Room 105). The other listening sessions are scheduled for July 11 at 10 a.m. at the Sabathani Community Center at 310 E 38th St. and at a to-be-determined location on July 25.
Topics that will be discussed at the sessions include when body cameras should be turned on and off, how to protect the privacy of those recorded, and public access to body camera footage.
The city is currently seeking federal help to pay for the hundreds of body cameras it plans to purchase for officers which could potentially delay the planned rollout of the devices.
The department recently completed a pilot project with the cameras involving 36 officers from three precincts and expects to have cost estimates for the program ready within the month.
For more information or to share input, contact the Office of Police Conduct Review at email@example.com or (612) 673-5500.