Police Body-Worn Cameras

With the advancement of digital recording devices, nation-wide the public has begun to expect the interactions of law enforcement and the public to be recorded and available for review. Body-worn cameras are the next step to increase transparency and accountability.

According to State statute, local law enforcement agencies must provide an opportunity for public comment before purchasing or implementing a portable recording system.

With the advancement of digital recording devices, nation-wide the public has begun to expect the interactions of law enforcement and the public to be recorded and available for review. Body-worn cameras are the next step to increase transparency and accountability.

According to State statute, local law enforcement agencies must provide an opportunity for public comment before purchasing or implementing a portable recording system.

  • Policy Approved

    about 2 months ago

    The body-worn camera policy has been approved. Thank you for sharing your thoughts to help shape the final document.

    This month, the technical specifications for the equipment will be finalized and the purchasing process will begin. The Edina City Council will eventually be asked to approve the purchase of the system.

    Cameras should be operational by the end of 2020.

    The body-worn camera policy has been approved. Thank you for sharing your thoughts to help shape the final document.

    This month, the technical specifications for the equipment will be finalized and the purchasing process will begin. The Edina City Council will eventually be asked to approve the purchase of the system.

    Cameras should be operational by the end of 2020.

  • Public Comment Period Closed: Comments Under Review

    3 months ago

    Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. The public comment period has ended. Staff is now reviewing the input and will work to update the policy this January. The policy will ultimately be approved by the City Manager.

    In February, the technical specifications for the equipment will be finalized and the purchasing process will begin. The Edina City Council will eventually be asked to approve the purchase of the system.

    The final policy will be posted on the City's website, EdinaMN.gov, prior to implementation of the body-worn cameras, which should be operational by the end of 2020.




    Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. The public comment period has ended. Staff is now reviewing the input and will work to update the policy this January. The policy will ultimately be approved by the City Manager.

    In February, the technical specifications for the equipment will be finalized and the purchasing process will begin. The Edina City Council will eventually be asked to approve the purchase of the system.

    The final policy will be posted on the City's website, EdinaMN.gov, prior to implementation of the body-worn cameras, which should be operational by the end of 2020.




  • Public Comment Period Opens on Draft Policy for Police Body-Worn Cameras

    4 months ago

    A public comment period will open Tuesday, Dec. 3, on a proposed Edina Police Department policy governing use of body-worn cameras.

    With the advancement of digital recording devices, the public has begun to expect the interactions of law enforcement and the public to be recorded and available for review. The Edina Police Department has used in-squad recording devices for over a decade to be transparent and show accountability of its officers. With changes in public perception, body-worn cameras are the next step to increase transparency and accountability. The Edina Police Department has the support of the City Prosecutor...

    A public comment period will open Tuesday, Dec. 3, on a proposed Edina Police Department policy governing use of body-worn cameras.

    With the advancement of digital recording devices, the public has begun to expect the interactions of law enforcement and the public to be recorded and available for review. The Edina Police Department has used in-squad recording devices for over a decade to be transparent and show accountability of its officers. With changes in public perception, body-worn cameras are the next step to increase transparency and accountability. The Edina Police Department has the support of the City Prosecutor and the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in implementing the technology.

    In Minnesota, a local law enforcement agency must provide an opportunity for public comment before it purchases or implements a portable recording system. Feedback on the draft policy can be shared here, at BetterTogetherEdina.org, Dec. 3-20. Feedback may also be shared in-person at the Dec. 17 City Council meeting.

    Staff will synthesize public feedback and update the policy in January, which will ultimately be approved by City Manager Scott Neal. In February, the technical specifications for the equipment will be finalized and the purchasing process will begin. The Edina City Council will eventually be asked to approve the purchase of the system. The cameras should be operational by the end of 2020.