The City of Springfield and it’s police department have announced the three next phases they will take towards launching the use of officer-worn body cameras.
The three phases include bringing in a consultant, purchasing the actual cameras and required equipments, and then the usage of the cameras.
“This initiative is something that I and Commissioner Barbieri have steadfastly believed in,” said Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. “With all our proactive public safety programs, this will only continue to enhance mutual respect and trust with all of our Springfield community. My administration, through our CAFO TJ Plante, has made this a funding priority.”
Police Commissioner John Barbieri added, “The Springfield Police Department continues to move forward with this technology which will enhance police-community relations and assist with building public trust.”
Breakdown of phases:
Phase 1: Bring in a consultant to help the city and police department develop a comprehensive plan and help draft the Request for Proposals (RFP) for both the cameras and the storage needs of the video based on the best practices in the industry.
Phase 2: The city and police department will put out the RFP to purchase the actual cameras and hardware/software necessary to for full implementation.
Phase 3: The actual rolling out of body-worn cameras by Springfield police officers.
The Springfield City Council unanimously approved the body camera contract between the city and the police department on July 11.
The contract is set to run through June 30, 2020.