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Come April, the Hastings Police Department will join a handful of others across Minnesota using body cameras. The department plans to buy eight cameras and probably shift them around among its 29 sworn officers.

Instead of using a cloud-based storage system, Hastings will store the data locally. Total cost of the software, training and cameras will be just under $10,000, said Chief Bryan Schafer.

Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke, whose department has used body cameras since 2010, spoke in favor of the body camera proposal to the Hastings City Council. Burnsville is now on its fourth model, a body-mount with no cables, for its 55 street officers. The cameras have provided valuable evidence, Gieseke said.