Minneapolis Police Department Buys 628 Body Cams & 300 Tasers


As you can imagine, police departments all over the U.S. are looking for technology to provide nonleathal options and affordable bodycam tech. This most recent purchase by the Minneapolis Police Department ( MPD ) is especially timely.

We have included a video of another chief of police reviewing the system that the MPD purchased.

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The MPD just announced the purchase of 628 Axon Body 2 cameras and 300 TASER® X2™ Smart Weapons. They secured a five-year subscription to Evidence.com on the Axon Officer Safety Plan (OSP) and other premium license tiers. This order was received in the first quarter and shipped in the second quarter of 2016.

About the Axon Officer Safety Plan.

The Axon OSP provides both unlimited storage of the digital evidence and a robust platform for managing the digital evidence collected from the cameras and TASER devices. The OSP includes camera upgrades every 2.5 years, TASER upgrades every 5 years and full hardware warranties. MPD secured 300 licenses on the OSP plan, 200 Unlimited licenses and the remaining devices on the Ultimate Plan.

“The Minneapolis Police Department looked at a number of cameras, and tested two in a variety of officer experiences and weather conditions, which is a big factor here in Minnesota,” said Chief Janeé Harteau.

We have selected TASER and look forward to outfitting our officers with another tool that will help us increase public trust and transparency.

“Minneapolis is making a full commitment to smarter policing, and we are absolutely thrilled to be able to help them to achieve their goals,” said TASER founder and CEO Rick Smith.

With the Officer Safety Plan, Minneapolis will be able to get the most out of their body cameras, Smart Weapons, and digital evidence management alike, ensuring that the systems they’re putting in place now will remain relevant for many years to come.