SHREWSBURY – Shrewsbury police officers have begun to wear body cameras.
The Shrewsbury Police Department announced that it will begin the first phase of their body worn camera program today.
“Equipping our officers with body worn cameras has been a goal of the Shrewsbury Police Department,” said Chief Kevin Anderson. “This program represents our commitment to 21st century policing, which we place emphasis on transparency and building trust and legitimacy between our department and the community that we serve.”
As part of the pilot program, eight patrol officers and two patrol sergeants who volunteered for the pilot program will wear cameras. According to the department, every patrol officer and supervisor will have a camera as part of phase two, which they expect to begin this fall.
Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) and Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) helped secure earmarks from the state general budget to acquire the cameras and hardware.
In recent years, other local departments have implemented body worn camera programs. Southborough rolled out their program earlier this year while Westborough Town Meeting approved funding for their program in 2021. During their fall Town Meeting, Hudson voters approved an article to acquire the cameras along with less lethal devices.
Southborough police receive grant for body-worn cameras