First Listening Session on Body Camera Implementation a Success

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Police Conduct Oversight Commissioners welcome community members to the first of three Listening Sessions on the Minneapolis Police Department Body Camera Implementation.

The Police Conduct Oversight Commission held its first of three Listening Sessions last Saturday, in order to gauge public opinion on the Minneapolis Police Department’s body camera use and policy.  The session began with a welcome from Commission Chair Andrea Brown, followed by a short video showing body camera footage from the pilot program that began last year, in addition to questions about body camera policy.

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Welcome New Employees Aaron Brink- Johnson & Camille Maddox

The Minneapolis Deaaron blog postpartment of Civil Rights is excited to welcome Aaron Brink Johnson to our team!  Aaron was the in the second cohort of Urban Scholars during the summer  of 2013 and worked with former City Council member Meg Tuthill.  As an Urban Scholar, Aaron impressed many City leaders with both his innate leadership abilities and infectious personality.

The following year Aaron accepted a temporary position with the Employment Equity Division. Aaron assisted in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of Urban Scholars programming. He also coordinated partnership activities with both external and internal stakeholders that helped achieve the goals of the Urban Scholars program.

This month Aaron accepted a full-time position with the Department of Civil Rights, Equity Division.  Aaron has a deep commitment to racial equity and demonstrated leadership experience.   He has  extensive experience in community outreach and working with the African, African American, Hmong, and Latino communities. A strong leader and experienced employee, Aaron is a great asset to the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights. Congratulations Aaron, we’re excited to have you join our team!

Camille MadCamillie Blog Postdox, a native of  North Minneapolis,  was in the first Urban Scholars cohort in the summer of 2012. Camille was assigned to work in Community Planning and Economic Development.  She came back to Urban Scholars the next summer and was assigned to the Department of Civil Rights, Contract Compliance Division. During the summer of 2013, Camille learned a great deal about Contract Compliance.

Since then, she obtained a bachelors degree in  Economics from Emory University, graduating summa cum laude in 2013.  Camille recently completed her Master of Public Affairs degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Camillie served as a Barbara Jordan Public Affairs  fellow and Co- Chair of the Barbara Jordan National Public Policy Forum. This month Camille accepted a full-time position with the Department of Civil Rights, Contract Compliance Division. Undoubtedly, Camille is a great addition to the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and we’re excited to have her join our team!

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Photo Journal: PCOC Body Camera Survey at Twin Cities Pride 2015

– Michael K. Browne, Director-Office of Police Conduct Review

Police Conduct Oversight Commission survey at Pride 2015

The Office of Police Conduct Review, in partnership with the Police Conduct Oversight Commission, attended the Twin Cities Pride Festival this past weekend, continuing the work to collect public comment on the Minneapolis Police Department’s use of body worn cameras while celebrating this esteemed event.  The above chart captures the results of the survey.

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PCOC’s Body Camera Video Presentation

Check out the video the PCOC showed this morning at the Listening Session. The video has real body camera footage from the Minneapolis Police Department’s body camera pilot program, and policy questions about body camera use and implementation.

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PCOC Seeks Public Input on Body Cameras– First of Three Listening Session Tomorrow

06-27 Listening Session FlyerThe Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission is seeking public input on the use of police body cameras in Minneapolis prior to the rollout of the program in 2016. The Commission is hosting three listening sessions in the next two months that will guide research and drafting of a written policy for body camera use.

The first listening session is scheduled for tomorrow Saturday June 27th at 10 a.m. at University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave. N – Room 105.

Residents of Minneapolis are encouraged to attend. Topics that will be discussed include whether members of the public support police use of body cameras,  when body cameras should be turned on and off, how to protect the privacy of those recorded, and public access to body camera footage.

Two additional listening sessions have been scheduled: Saturday, July 11 (Sabathani Center) at 10 a.m. and Saturday, July 25 (location and time to be determined).

For more information or to share your input about the implementation of body cameras, please contact the Office of Police Conduct Review at pcoc@minneapolismn.gov  or (612) 673-5500.

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Recently Asked Questions on the OPCR Process, Part 4 – The Most Asked Questions

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Citizens have asked members of the Police Conduct Oversight System several good questions about a large range of topics: system structure, anonymous filing, complaint retaliation, obtaining statistical information, commission or review panel membership, and filing complaints and lawsuits against police officers. Similar to a post in years past, we will answer a few of the most frequent questions asked about the System.

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The Office of Police Conduct Review Renews its Organizational Member to the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement

The Office of Police Conduct Review proudly displays its organizational membership to NACOLE in the lobby of its civilian office in Minneapolis City Hall - Room 239.

The Office of Police Conduct Review proudly displays its organizational membership to NACOLE in the lobby of its civilian office in Minneapolis City Hall – Room 239.

The Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR) is pleased to announce its renewed membership with the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE).  NACOLE is a national non-profit organization that brings together individuals and agencies working to establish and improve police oversight throughout the country.  NACOLE has published two articles on the OPCR, one addressing the unique framework of the OPCR in 2013 and a second in 2014 discussing the coaching process. Through this renewed membership, the OPCR will have access to a wide variety of police oversight materials, be able to participate in nationwide trainings, and partner with other police oversight agencies.  Individuals in the organizational membership may also become Certified Practitioners of Oversight.  For more information on NACOLE, please visit their website at nacole.org.

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