‘It’s a win-win,’ says Fall River mayor on pilot body camera program

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — The Fall River Police Department introduced a new Axon body camera program via Facebook Friday.

They began their first full week of the trial period Monday.

“Currently, we have seven officers wearing body cameras right now on the streets,” said Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan. “We’ll see how it goes. It’s a trial run. We want to have records of what happens.”

The program will begin with officers in the special operation division.

Coogan said they have been working on this pilot program for just under a year. He foresees all officers wearing body cameras throughout the city one day.

“I think it’s a win-win. [Residents] want to move Fall River into the next century. This is coming across the country. Once we settle this up, we’re going to be using them everywhere,” he explained.

Fall River’s officers were instructed on how to use the body cameras during a meeting Friday. Coogan was in attendance.

“This gives us the ability to see our officers doing things the right way. That’s what our citizenry wants to see. What are they doing correct? We don’t want to focus on the negative. These can be used for a lot of positive in the city of Fall River, and that’s what we’re going to look for,” he concluded.

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