Body-worn camera implementation comments sought in Blue Earth County

Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office is looking for public comment on the implementation of body-worn cameras for its deputies.
Published: Sep. 1, 2022 at 12:29 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2022 at 8:44 PM CDT
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office is looking for public comment on the implementation of body-worn cameras for its deputies.

Residents have several opportunities to submit their feedback on the proposed policy.

The body-worn cameras are intended to enhance the mission of the Office by accurately capturing contacts between authorities and the public.

“We really want to make sure that we’re able to provide an objective view of what’s happening when we interact with the public, whether it’s calls for service, assisting individuals,” Capt. Paul Barta of the Blue Earth Sherriff’s office said . “I think that what we’re going to end up seeing too with the implementation is a lot of the really important work that law enforcement does on day to day basis and some of the really positive interactions that we have with individuals.”

The public is invited and encouraged to review the proposed policy and provide input through Monday, September 26th, 2022, by doing one of the following:

• Email: Captain Paul Barta at paul.barta@blueearthcountymn.gov

• Phone: (507) 304-4807

• Mail: Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Captain Paul Barta, 401 Carver Road PO Box 228, Mankato, MN 56002-0228

There’s also a time to offer feedback at the Sep. 27 County Board meeting which begins at 9 a.m.

The draft policy is online at https://www.blueearthcountymn.gov/1609/Body-Worn-Cameras and copies are also available at the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office located at 401 Carver Road in Mankato.