Over the past 3 years, the West St. Paul Police Department has been researching body cameras. This includes technology, policy development, and implementation. Body cameras are excellent tools for law enforcement to use for the documentation of events, statements, and other types of evidence.
We are currently testing four systems and are hopeful to have full implementation in the fall. In the meantime, we would like your input on the body camera program as well as the draft departmental policy before implementing a final version of the Portable Audio/Video Recorder Policy.
While fighting crime is a part of police work, the most important purpose of a police department is helping and working with people. It is people we serve and protect and it is people that make up the most important resource of a police department. Buildings, homes and other physical structures may create the character of a community; however, it is people who help make a community thrive and give it life. The West St. Paul Police Department strives to keep people in the fore front of whatever task we are doing; whether it is enforcing driving conduct on our roadways, making sure residents feel safe and secure in their homes or putting ourselves in harm’s way to protect others, we do this for the benefit of people.