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Small police department makes body cameras mandatory

October 26, 2015

ERVING, Mass. (AP) — The police department in a small Massachusetts town is joining the growing contingent of law enforcement agencies across the country making body cameras mandatory for all officers.

The Republican newspaper (http://bit.ly/1k4WhPF ) reports that Erving’s five full-time and five part-time officers began wearing the cameras Monday.

Chief Christopher Blair says he thinks his department is the first in the state to make the cameras mandatory for all officers. Some Massachusetts departments have used them on a trial basis.

He says it’s easier for small departments to implement new initiatives like the cameras.

Blair says the cameras will go a long way in making sure that his officers act professionally.

The department recently bought five cameras. They were $900 each and paid for with a grant from a nonprofit.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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