After months of research by a team comprised of Dakota County Sheriff's Office and Dakota County Attorney's Office personnel, the Sheriff's Office has crafted a draft policy that governs 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 the fall of 2019.
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, 2019 to be considered prior to finalization of the body worn camera policy.
Aug. 7, 2019, 5-7 p.m.
Empire Township Public Works Building
2577 Vermillion River Trail, Farmington
Dakota County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Aug. 20, 2019, 9 a.m.
1590 Highway 55, Hastings
Dakota County Sheriff's Office
Attention: BWC Policy
1580 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033