Massachusetts State Police announce implementation of body camera program
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Massachusetts State Police completed implementation of their Department’s body-camera program today, Thursday, December 16.
All sworn members across every MSP Division, totaling up to 2,215 sworn personnel have assigned body cams and been trained in their operations and Department policy.
This program is a part of a reform began in April 2018. As of this week, 800 cameras were installed in department cruisers, with an additional 200 cruisers scheduled for their own cameras.
“Our camera program assists in accurate documentation of Troopers’ interactions with suspects, victims, and members of the public,” said Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. “This is essential to capturing evidence for criminal cases as well as memorializing the nature of interactions between Troopers and the public. Body camera video also provides a valuable training tool for recruits and existing officers.”
These cameras are a part of initiatives undertaken by the Baker-Polito Administration to enhance accountability, operational capabilities, and community outreach. Other measures being implemented include GPS Technology in MSP vehicles, A Department of Homeland Security Operations Center, routine payroll audits, more use of technology during recruiting, the creation of a Community Liaison Team, and participation by all Department members in Fair and Impartial Policing, and Georgetown University’s Active Bystander in Law Enforcement Curriculum.