East Bridgewater Police use state and federal funds to purchase body cameras
All East Bridgewater police officers will begin wearing cameras this fall.
Chief Paul O’Brien announced that his department recently received $25,000 from the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety – as well as $54,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Bailout Act through from the Board of Selectmen – to help pay the $200,000 over five years. contract for the camera system.
O’Brien said he would also use additional funds from the police budget and seek more federal and state grants to cover costs.
“With the addition of these cameras, we will be able to continue to build the trust our department has within our community while ensuring accountability on both sides,” O’Brien said. “I thank all our officers for their willingness to support this initiative and those who helped us acquire these cameras.”
The system includes cameras embedded in officers’ uniforms and a feature that captures two minutes of video before a camera is activated. Cameras also automatically turn on in certain situations and footage is automatically uploaded to police cars.
The program is expected to begin in October, after the department finalizes a formal policy for the use of body-worn cameras and data storage, O’Brien said.
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