Minnesota State Patrol fully-equipped with body cameras
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The Minnesota State Patrol is now fully equipped with body-worn cameras, as of May 5. This state-wide rollout began in December of 2021, and was completed on time and within budget.
MSP has installed 644 in-car camera systems, and issued 613 body-worn cameras to sworn State Troopers and 92 to non-sworn members. Body-worn cameras have also been issued to commercial vehicle inspectors and capitol security officers. In total, 705 body cameras and 1,349 vehicle camera systems over the last five months.
"Although we’d like to think every state trooper is perfect, we are human beings just like everyone else. Capturing interactions on body-worn cameras will help hold everyone accountable because they provide a record of what actually occurred between the trooper and the member of the public," said Col. Matt Langer, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol.
Troopers are projected to record an average of 3,212.66 pieces of video evidence – 616.36 hours — per day across the state now that the project is complete.