Worthington, Minnesota police officers to begin wearing body cameras

The Worthington Police Department will soon begin an officer-worn body camera program, but it’s likely at least a couple months away from going live.

Last week, the department posted its first call for public comment to its social media pages, which Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel said is the first step of program implementation as dictated by Minnesota State Statute.

“We’re clearly just at the beginning stages of this,” Appel said last week.

Appel said the hope is to supply each of the department’s officers with their own body camera to be activated during traffic stops, investigative work or during contacts that become adversarial. The department currently has 23 officers, but is authorized for (and in the hiring process) for 24.