Minneapolis Police officers will wear cameras, as part of a program set to begin in 2014. The plan is to start with a test group of 25 officers immediately, then have as many as 500 officers wearing the body cameras next year.
While the yearly cost will be about $312,000 to have mini-cameras on patrol officers working the streets, city leaders and police department officials hope to explain how this policy will help protect officers, the public and save taxpayers’ money in the long run.
Minneapolis Police misconduct lawsuits have cost $8 million over the past five years. Police officials think this number will go down with the use of body cams and that it will also protect their officers from frivolous complaints of bad behavior.
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