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October 28, 2020

9/10/2020 10:45:00 AM
Sheriff's Office opens comment on body worn camera proposal/policy

The Chisago County Board will hear a presentation on a draft policy September 16, as a first step for the sheriff’s office to implement a plan to bring bodyworn cameras into county law enforcement operations.

At this time, Lakes Area Police officers, having adopted a bodyworn camera policy over a year ago, are the only county agency that has the devices. North Branch and Wyoming Police are also considering them in a context of budgetary and other impacts.

According to Captain Andrew Mahowald the policy has been put together from Lexipol and other regional programs that have been up and running for some time.

State law requires local elected officials to review any proposed portable recording system and after adoption of a policy, a final version must be posted on the sheriff (department) website.

There is a copy of the draft policy wording now for the public to look over, on the website www.chisagocounty.us.

Citizens are invited to make comments either expressing concerns about the recording devices or voicing support for the portable recording system. Mahowald mentioned that so far most responses he’s aware of are favorable.

Bodyworn cameras are being mandated for sheriff’s uniformed personnel who have been assigned the device and optional for non-uniformed sheriff personnel. The policy includes descriptions of circumstances for using the devices, retention of the data, who will be able to access, and how the footage is to be stored and managed.

This draft policy is preliminary and is needed for moving the process along, said Captain Mahowald, who is the sheriff’s office contact person for comments. To submit remarks in time for the Chisago County Board review send them in to Mahowald by September 15. Of course you may contact a county commissioner directly for input.

Comments on policy #422 should be directed to e mail andrew.mahowald@chisagocounty.us.







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