Police to get new Tasers, cameras


September 22, 2023

Jana Peterson

On Tuesday, Cloquet city councilors unanimously approved a contract to purchase 24 Axon body-worn cameras and 24 Axon Taser 7 devices and accessories for a total cost of $260,616.

Thanks to a sizable allocation for public safety aid by the state legislature this year, the Cloquet Police Department is getting body cameras and new Taser stun guns, at no additional costs to the city or taxpayers for now.

Cloquet Police Chief Derek Randall strongly recommended the move.

"Essentially, we are living in a world that if it's not recorded, it didn't happen," Randall told the council during Tuesday's meeting. "It's becoming more and more difficult to rely solely on officers' testimony to explain how a situation occurred."

Randall cited federal statistics about arrests after i...

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