The Springfield Police Department is working to implement a body-worn camera system.
Springfield police spokesman Ryan Walsh said members of the Winbourne Consulting staff met with stakeholders in Springfield all week, working toward the implementation of the Springfield Police Department’s Body-Worn Camera system.
“Winbourne’s consultants have been providing us with excellent guidance walking us through various scenarios we need to consider as a police department to ultimately select the best system that will benefit the entire city,” said Acting Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
Winbourne Vice President of Public Safety Tom Maureau said that the week’s goals included developing strategic objectives, discovering what is mission critical to the Springfield Police Department, speaking to stakeholders, establishing a project team and beginning the development of a project plan and schedule.
Maureau said some police departments that have rushed to purchase and implement body worn camera systems have had to give up their camera system.
The costs for the system include secure video footage, additional personnel to respond to public records requests, time to redact video, the type of body-worn camera system purchased, how many cameras are purchased, the accessories each camera has, training and overtime.
According to Walsh, Maureau understands the urgency expressed by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Acting Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood to get this program off the ground as soon as possible, but stresses due diligence so that the taxpayers get their monies worth.
“This initiative is something that I and Acting Commissioner Clapprood have steadfastly believed in. 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,” said Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.
Walsh said Winbourne Consulting will be working with the project team and returning in the next few weeks to develop a project schedule.