Body Worn Cameras

Across the nation, the use of body worn cameras has become a best practice for police departments.

The Roseville Police Department adopted the use of portable recording systems to accomplish the following objectives:

  • To enhance accountability and public trust by preserving documentation of officer’s interactions with citizens. 
  • Capture digital audio-video evidence for criminal, civil and traffic-related court cases. 
  • Assist officers with recalling factors or other details captured by the equipment that will help them accurately articulate a chain of events when writing reports. 
  • Be used as a training tool for officer safety and best practices in the Roseville Police Department.
  • To enhance officer and public safety. 

In September 2014, RPD began a rigorous testing period of several makes and models of body worn camera equipment. In 2017, a formal body worn camera policy was drafted, following input from the public.  In 2018, body worn cameras were implemented department-wide after RPD received a grant through the United States Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Minnesota law requires an independent biennial body worn camera audit to ensure compliance with applicable laws (Minn. Stat. 13.825, subd. 9a). The law also requires the results of the audit must be provided to the City Council and to the Legislative Commission on Data Practices and Personal Data Privacy (Minn. Stat. 13.825, subd. 9c). In August, 2020, an independent audit found the Roseville Police Department to be fully compliant with all audit requirements.

Body Worn Cameras