Body Worn Camera Draft Policy

Sheriff's Draft Policy - Body Cameras 
Jail Draft Policy - Body Cameras

Sheriff's and Jail BWC Retention Schedule 
What are officer body-worn cameras?
Officer body-worn cameras (BWCs) are relatively small devices that record interactions between community members (e.g., the public, suspects, and victims) and law enforcement officers. The video and audio recordings from BWCs can be used by law enforcement to demonstrate transparency to their communities; to document statements, observations, behaviors, and other evidence; and to deter unprofessional, illegal, and inappropriate behaviors by both law enforcement and the public. 

How does an officer body-worn camera work?
The technology consists of the camera, which is typically worn on the officer’s uniform (placed optionally on the shoulder lapel, sunglasses, or hat), with a forward-facing viewable area. When thinking about the mounting location, an agency should consider the uniform types worn by officers and how uniforms may vary throughout the year (summer, winter). Additional accessories may be required to ensure the camera is properly positioned, securely attached and protected to support the officer and his or her unique mission. There are a number of different types of cameras with differing options, including user controls such as push to record, touch-screen controls, video and audio feed, and playback in field. The video evidence is uploaded through a docking station on a local storage device (e.g., server) or through an online web-based digital media storage platform where the evidence can be encrypted and managed.

Significant findings in the field with the use of the BWC

  • Document Citizen & Officer behavior
  • Captures evidence for court proceedings
  • Reduces the need for Use of Force
  • Reduces Citizen Complaints
  • Complaints are easier to resolve
  • Can validate an officer’s actions
  • Can capture bad behavior
  • Can support department training
  • Can identify training needs 

McLeod County Board meeting and public listening session will be held June 21, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.
McLeod County Sheriff’s Deputies and Correctional Officers will be wearing body worn cameras in the fall of 2022

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