At the close of the third and final listening session on body camera implementation in the MPD this past Saturday, the PCOC would like to thank all those members of the public who participated by attending the sessions and providing community input. Your attendance and shared opinions demonstrate truly participatory civilian oversight of law enforcement. The Commission appreciates your time and willingness to engage in dialogue on such an important issue.
The third Listening Session was a success, with approximately 50 community members in attendance. A total of 23 community members spoke before the commission, bringing up topics not previously discussed including officers writing incident reports before viewing footage, use of body cameras in off-duty employment, and the interplay between dash cameras and body cameras. Attendees also discussed themes that have been common throughout all sessions including accountability, discipline, public access to video footage and the importance of a thoughtful and detailed body camera policy.
Again, just as in the first two sessions, attendees were invited to submit a door poll asking Should the Minneapolis Police Department use body cameras? Of those polled at this listening session, 87% of respondents answered Yes.
Throughout the community input process, all comments were documented, whether presented verbally to Commissioners at the listening sessions, written and handed in at the sessions, or emailed to the Commission mailbox. These comments will be incorporated in the final report for the Body Camera Research and Study Project, which will include a redlined current Standard Operating Procedure, the policy used for the body camera pilot project, with recommended revisions and additions. This final product will be presented at the PCOC meeting scheduled for September 8, 2015.
For those not yet able to offer their ideas and opinions on body camera implementation in the MPD, comments can still be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be accepted until Friday, August 7th.