Minneapolis residents are invited to three listening sessions to contribute to the Minneapolis Police Department’s policy on body cameras.
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 before their rollout in 2016.
The first session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center at 2001 Plymouth Av. N. (Room 105). The other sessions will be held July 11 at 10 a.m. at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St., and a to-be-determined location on July 25.
Topics include when the cameras should be turned on, how to protect the privacy of those recorded, and public access to body camera footage.
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. It is seeking federal help to pay for the hundreds of body cameras needed, which could mean a delay in the program rollout.
For more information or to share input, contact the Office of Police Conduct Review at email@example.com or (612) 673-5500.