Thursday, July 15, 2021

Body-worn cameras for FPD

IF you feel our cops should be wearing the cameras, write a note to the Mayor and your councilor today. There are no good excuses why our police force should not have this technology. Time grows near for the application to be submitted.  I wrote to the Mayor on 7.14 asking if the city was working on the grant application. I've not heard back.

 On a similar note, in Rhode Island, AG Neronha will equip all 1,700 State and local cops with cameras, servers and training over the next 12 to 18 months. This is funded by $1 million from the asset forfeiture fund and $3 million per year in State funding for 5 years.

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a competitive grant program to equip municipal police departments across the Commonwealth with body-worn cameras. The Office of Grants and Research (OGR) within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security will manage the 5-year $20 million program, which is expected to fund 9,000 cameras as well as on-premises servers for secure video storage for municipal police departments. The Baker-Polito Administration included funding for this program as part of the FY22 Capital Budget Plan.

“Body-worn cameras create opportunities to strengthen relationships between local law enforcement and the communities they serve, said Governor Charlie Baker. “We look forward to partnering with cities and towns to provide these important resources that will improve transparency and accountability.”

The applications became available to municipal departments on June 30 and will remain open until Monday, August 30, 2021. For more information, please visit: 




At July 15, 2021 at 9:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Email sent to mayor district council and chief baker

At July 20, 2021 at 10:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a no brainer. Of course they should wear body camera. What would the argument be for not wearing them?

At July 20, 2021 at 11:48 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

Many departments are dragging their feet in an attempt to get more money for wearing them in collective bargaining. Some departments embrace the cameras while others like the MSP have only had a pilot program. The point of the post was to get FPD to apply for the state grant before the end of August.

At July 21, 2021 at 11:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do we make sure they do apply? Seems the police advisory committee should be getting them to do that, but they don't seem to be very good at knowing what is going on outside of Framingham with things like this grant. Who is responsible for the City/PD to write up the grant application for these cameras?

At July 21, 2021 at 2:47 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

It's really up to the Mayor to push the police chief. Other places have had the police Chief make sure it is getting done.I'd thrown in the council but it would just turn out bad for all of us.
A few years ago when Trask was still here I thought the trouble maker Brian Simeone was the one writing the grants, but that may have changed.
I'm fairly sure there is a grant writer at FPD and I will look that up.

The police advisory group in my mind is more about policy suggestions that the cops will ignore. Writing a grant application may take to long for the committee to get behind.
I've briefly mentioned it to Nicole Doak.

At July 22, 2021 at 11:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the police advisory committee is just another smoke and mirrors show created by the city charter and later used by stefanini for some story time in petroni's source blog.


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