NEWSBRIEF: Dakota County Sheriff’s Office body worn camera draft policy opportunities for public comment

After months of research by the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office has written a draft policy governing the use of body worn cameras by deputies. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved funding for the sheriff’s office to purchase body worn cameras and to update its existing squad dash-mounted cameras. 

The body worn cameras will be implemented within the patrol division that covers 355 square miles of rural Dakota County. The patrol area includes residents living in 13 incorporated townships and six small cities. The sheriff’s office intends to add body worn cameras to the existing squad dash mounted cameras in fall 2019. To read the body worn camera draft policy, go to www.dakotacounty.us, search “body worn camera.” 

Prior to purchasing or implementing body worn cameras, agencies are required by state law to provide opportunity for public comment. There are several opportunities outlined below to submit comments in person, by email or mail. All public comments must be received on or before Aug. 20 to be considered prior to finalization of the body worn camera policy

There will be a body worn camera feedback session Aug. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Empire Township Public Works Building, 2577 Vermillion River Trail, in Farmington. The public will also have a chance to share feedback at the Aug. 20 Dakota County Board of Commissioners meeting at 9 a.m., at the Dakota County Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings.

Feedback and comments can be emailed to DCSOPublicComments@co.dakota.mn.us or mailed to 

Dakota County Sheriff’s Office

Attention: BWC Policy

1580 Highway 55, Hastings, MN 55033

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