Will officers be able to decide when to stop or start recording?

During some encounters, officers will use their discretion when deciding whether or not to record. Officers are required to continue recording once started until the conclusion of the incident, or until it becomes apparent that additional recording is unlikely to capture information having evidentiary value. Officers will document in their reports when a video is recorded, any instances when video was not recorded when it should have been and any time a recording is stopped prior to the end of an incident.

Officers are required to record when they are involved in:

  • Pursuit
  • Traffic stop
  • Investigative stop of a pedestrian
  • Searches, seizures and arrests
  • Use of force
  • Adversarial, hostile or confrontational encounters
  • Any other activities likely to yield information having evidentiary value

Recording is not required during medical situations unless there is a reason to use the camera to collect evidence.

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1. When will the Edina Police Department begin using body-worn cameras?
2. Why use body-worn cameras?
3. Will all police officers wear them?
4. Will officers be able to decide when to stop or start recording?
5. Will officers be able to record in a home or other private area?
6. Do people have to be notified when the body-worn camera is recording?
7. Can I ask the officers to turn off their cameras?
8. How often will officers be recording?
9. How will body-worn cameras be used in schools?
10. What are the guidelines for officers responding to mental health crisis situations?
11. When and how will a body-worn camera video be made public?
12. Who reviews the body-worn camera videos?
13. What are the limitations of body-worn cameras?
14. Can the cameras pre-record events?