St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) – The Minnesota State Patrol has officially completed the statewide rollout of the body camera project.
The State Patrol made the announcement in a Tuesday press release indicating that the State Patrol is fully equipped with body-worn cameras as of May 5.
“While we’d like to think every state trooper is perfect, we’re human beings like everyone else. Capturing interactions on body-worn cameras will help hold everyone accountable as they provide a record of what what really happened between the soldier and the member of the public,” said Col. Matt Langer, Minnesota State Patrol chief.
During the project, the State Patrol installed 644 on-board camera systems and distributed body-worn cameras to 613 sworn patrol members and 92 unsworn members. Body-worn cameras were also issued to commercial vehicle inspectors and Capitol security officers. A total of 705 body cameras and 1,349 camera systems have been issued over the past five months.
Since the start of the project, the agency has captured more than 281,680 pieces of video evidence, or more than 60,600 hours of video. Over the past month, soldiers have captured 96,380 pieces of video evidence, or more than 19,800 hours of video.
Soldiers are expected 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.
The rollout began on December 1, 2021 and was completed on time and within budget.