“We train these officers to do the right thing,” Ellickson said. “I just don’t see that it’s going to be a big deal with officers. … Sometimes concerns come up, and this is just going to be one way we can review it and help us be better.”

Here’s a closer look at each department’s plans for their body camera programs:

Woodbury – The city will hold a forum to discuss if $10,000 should be spent on eight body cameras to be used in a pilot program next year. If the program is a success, the city council will hold a vote to puchase more cameras.

Bayport – Police received a special grant to pay for some body-worn and in-car cameras. The goal of the camera purchases is “to strengthen community trust, confidence and increase transparency,” Police Chief Laura Eastman said in a statement. “The cameras will reduce time-intensive investigations that may arise and/or assist with protecting both the community and the police.” The plan is to outfit officers with the cameras early next year.

Hastings – Hastings recently conducted an eight-camera body camera pilot program, and the city council saw its success and unanimously voted to expand the program to all officers. 15 more cameras will be purchased, costing about $12,500 more.