In an effort to enhance accountability and public trust, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation are rolling out body-worn cameras.

On Oct. 22, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved a $5.1 million agreement to purchase the cameras, data storage and upgraded Taser equipment. The goals of using body-worn cameras are to capture and preserve evidence, enhance public safety and to use them as a training tool.

Beginning later, the sheriff’s office will outfit staff covering patrol, warrants, water patrol, hospital security, transport, crime scene investigations and the emergency services unit with this technology. The second phase of the rollout will outfit the rest of the agency, including courts and detention.

The Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation will outfit correctional officers working at the Adult Correctional Facility.

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