Select Board approves funding for body cameras, Tasers

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Select Board approves funding for body cameras, Tasers
Hudson’s Police Station stands off Cox St. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

HUDSON – The Hudson police department is one step closer to receiving new body-worn cameras and Tasers. 

During the Dec. 5 meeting, the Select Board awarded a contract to Axon Enterprises, Inc. for $65,136.14 for the police equipment, including the body-worn cameras, Tasers and related expenses. 

Axon is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Hudson’s procurement was made through the purchasing collaborative Sourcewell. 

This comes about a month after Town Meeting approved two articles that called for the acquisition of the new equipment, one of which was the authorization of a lease purchase finance agreement for body-worn cameras and a second for the adoption of body-worn cameras. 

The police department’s 2023 fiscal year budget, which was approved at Town Meeting in May, had appropriated $40,450 for the body-worn cameras and less-lethal devices. The total first-year cost to include in the lease finance agreement for body-worn cameras and less-lethal devices is $65,137.

During the Select Board meeting, Police Chief Richard DiPersio said there will be a five-year useful life warranty for the tasers. 

Member Michael Burks Sr., who previously served as Hudson’s police chief, called the five-year warranty “excellent.” 

In the past, DiPersio has said he believes the equipment will benefit both the Hudson community and police department. 

“I think it is a good thing for the department and for the community as well. There has been a lot of transparency and accountability in policing, especially in the past two or three years, and I think this is just another means for us to do that,” he said.