Golden Valley up next to consider police body cameras
Golden Valley will soon join the growing number of cities that require its police officers to wear body cameras.

"We have 31 sworn officers and our goal would be to purchase 31 cameras for every officer, including myself, to wear," said Golden Valley Police Chief Jason Sturgis.

The new cameras would cost $210,000. A public call for more officer transparency, combined with the need to replace cameras in the city's squad cars, prompted Golden Valley to pursue body cameras.

Over the past three months, the city's police department conducted a test run using three cameras shared among six officers. Tuesday night, the police chief explained to the city council how officers would use the cameras, along with procedures for storing footage.

But before any body camera decision is finalized, Golden Valley residents will have an opportunity to provide input.

"At a surface level, it's a no-brainer to do," Sturgis said. "But there's some nuances to it. These questions of, how often do you turn it on? When do you turn it on? Who has access to that video? Who can see video that we might take in your private home? Is that public information for anybody to get?"

On Oct. 16, the city will place a body camera survey on its website. Residents will have three weeks to share their thoughts.

On Dec. 7, the police department will host a public meeting on the issue.

On Dec. 18, residents can share their concerns with the city council at a public hearing

On Jan. 2, the city council will likely consider whether to purchase body cameras.

Delane Cleveland

Oct. 11, 2017


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