Somerset Police launch Bodycam program

SOMERSET – Somerset Police have announced the launch of a body camera program which the ministry says will improve transparency and accountability.

Police said the program started yesterday, with body cameras issued to patrollers, frontline supervisors and detectives for use in the field.

A statement announcing the launch of the program said officers are now required to record service calls sent as well as motor vehicle stops, investigative stops and pursuit driving.

Cameras should also be turned on in any situation that officers believe could become confrontational.

The program is one of the first of its kind in Bristol County.

Somerset Police Chief Todd Costa said the cameras are “an effective tool” that will help build community confidence and protect officers from unwarranted complaints.

“Our officers’ willingness to embrace this new program demonstrates their professionalism and commitment to serving the community, and we are proud to be spearheading this new initiative in Bristol County,” he said. declared.

The bodycam program was funded by a $ 27,000 Justice Assistance Grant as part of a $ 7.8 million state initiative by the Baker-Polito administration to provide access to the ‘equipment and strengthen training, crime prevention and law enforcement across the Commonwealth.

A dedicated server in the department will collect and store video data from cameras, and camera policy best practices will be reviewed and updated regularly, police said.

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