Audit Shows More Minneapolis Police Officers Using Body Cams

October 25, 2018 06:43 PM

New data shows more Minneapolis police officers are using body cameras. 

This comes from a quarterly audit review that tracks officers' use of the technology. 


A Minneapolis City Council committee said Thursday the data released is exactly what they asked for last year to help keep officers accountable. 

"This is the report we asked for," said council member Linea Palmisano. 

During the first quarter, more than a quarter of officers - 27.6 percent - submitted their body cam data incorrectly. Now that's down to 3.5 percent. 

"I would like to get our lowest people up and I would like to get our middle people more consistent and it's going to show improvement for us overall," said Commander Chris Granger, with Minneapolis police. 

Council members praised the department for the in-depth data from each precinct. But there are questions as to why body cams are activated about 10 percent less in the precinct that includes downtown.

"I don't have a theory but I do know there is definitely need for improvement in that precinct," Granger said. 

Plus, first of its kind activation audits allow the department to individually track officers' use of body cameras. As for those who don't keep up, MPD is looking at one on one meetings with supervisors.

"I just encourage you as we get into the next quarter or where we are now to really use a mechanism of some kind of discipline even if that is coaching," Palmisano said. 

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Just about a week ago precinct inspectors were given access to body camera usage. So now they can view the performance of their assigned personnel and address any problems directly. 

The next round of data is set to be released in January.

Similar to Minneapolis, St. Paul is also doing quarterly reviews of its body camera program.

In the first quarter of 2018, which is the most recent report available for St. Paul police, officers recorded 87,544 videos. Minneapolis police officers recorded nearly 133,717 videos in that same time period.

Below are the results of the audits from the first quarter of 2018 for both St. Paul and Minneapolis and how the two compare in several key metrics.

Minneapolis police performed worse than St. Paul in several key metrics including percentage of videos that had an improper case number, videos without a full 30-second buffer or pre-recording and percentage of videos that ended inappropriately. It's important to point out Minneapolis Police improved in those categories in quarter two of this year.

St. Paul's quarter two report is due out next week.


Brett Hoffland

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