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Published November 07, 2010, 08:32 PM

More Minnesota Police Getting In-Car Cameras

A multi-million dollar federal grant is helping officers across the state of Minnesota with some new technology.

A multi-million dollar federal grant is helping officers across the state of Minnesota with some new technology. Over 100 law enforcement agencies will be getting their first in-car cameras.

"With our cameras there are a lot of different features that we have," East Grand Forks officer Kyle Steever said.

Although officers in East Grand Forks have had cameras in their patrol cars for years, they recently upgraded from tapes to digital.

"Of the video it recorded, it takes that and saves that and then everything else until you stop the recording. That way if you see somebody run a stop sign or anything else you've got clear concrete evidence," Steever said.

$2.9 million in federal funds is being used for more than 600 cameras.

Those cameras are helping both police and sheriff's departments throughout Minnesota.

The cameras help with quicker prosecution of cases, criminal and traffic cases and records audio during calls for service.

"They give us the ability to not only rely on my testimony as an officer in court, but also in telling of what happened at a traffic stop or any event you would go to," Steever said.

In an era of ever-changing technology, these new cameras will make the officers' jobs easier.

But also, for you, if something should go wrong on the streets.

"If he can watch the video say on a DUI, he may not remember certain things that happened. He can re-watch that video at a later time, completely refresh his memory and be crystal clear on exactly what happened," Steever said.

Some of the cities getting the new cameras include St. Paul, Detroit Lakes and Thief River Falls.

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