REGION – Several local police departments will receive state grants to implement or expand their body-worn camera programs.
Grafton was awarded $6,651; Shrewsbury will receive $20,895; and Southborough will get $16,064.
The funds will come from the state’s Law Enforcement Body-Worn Camera Program, which awarded $3.6 million to support municipal police agencies’ purchase of body-worn camera equipment and data storage during fiscal 2024. The state-funded program is managed by the Office of Grants and Research, a state agency that is part of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
“These grants provide local police agencies with resources to implement technology that strengthens police-community relations while improving investigations and advancing the fundamental principles of transparency and accountability,” said Gov. Maura Healey. “This investment reflects our administration’s commitment to increasing public safety, promoting best practices among law enforcement, and nurturing strong relationships between police and the communities they serve.”
“Body-worn camera programs provide law enforcement agencies with an important tool to improve training and advance best practices. This grant program and the resulting technology implementation will improve safety for police and communities statewide,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Terrence Reidy. “As a growing number of departments launch or expand body-worn camera programs, this funding has become a vital resource for police departments across the state.”