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On Friday, May 21, 2021, the Elk River Police Department launched its body-worn camera program. While body camera use is growing among law enforcement agencies, it is still relatively new within the field. Chief Nierenhausen is excited to implement this program in Elk River, noting, “The technology allows for the collection of valuable information and evidence, documentation of interactions between officers and members of the community, and increased transparency with the public.”
Chief Nierenhausen first expressed interest in implementing body-worn cameras to ERPD in July 2020, which was then included in the 2021 budget proposal, and unanimously approved by Elk River City Council.
Pictured: Sergeant Dave Windels, Patrol Sergeant with the Elk River Police Department