This report reviews the body-worn camera (BWC) policy and implementation of the Gun Lake Tribal Public Safety Department as of August 2022, noting key considerations for all tribal agencies that enter tribal BWC grants.
BWC policy for tribal agencies must adhere to tribal, state, and federal law. FOIA requests and redaction requirements vary by jurisdiction (i.e., state law allows public release, but tribal law only affords tribe members access to video). BWC video captured on tribal land is regulated by sovereign community. The Gun Lake Tribal Public Safety Department (GLTPSD) may need approval by Tribal Council before sharing BWC policy with external entities. BWCs augment documentation of incidents that occur at the tribal casino due to the lack of audio in casino cameras; they protect the tribe against potential lawsuits as the audio function of the GLTPSD on mutual cases. These agencies are considering adopting BWCs as well. BWCs have provided the prosecutors office with higher quality recordings of evidence and interviews. The community accepts and appreciates BWCs.
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