Waterville Considering Purchasing Police Body Cameras
The city of Waterville is looking into purchasing "body-cams" for it's police officers. The Waterville Chief of Police, Joseph Massey introduce the Waterville City Council to cameras by WatchGuard Technologies earlier this week according to a report by centralmaine.com.
The cameras, which are body-worm cameras would cost about $171,000 to get set-up. The Chief gives the brand of cameras, WatchGaurd, his seal of approval as being superior in technology.
The feeling from Chief Massey is body cameras are long over due for the Waterville Police Department, especially as it related to protecting the city from liability that can arise from lawsuits. He also feels that the cameras would provide some transparency for the the City of Waterville and the public at large.
A demonstration will be set-up so the City Council can witness the cameras in use first hand before deciding to purchase body cameras which would most likely involve a future bond for approval.
Body cameras for the police department is not a new discussion for the city. They have been discussing it less formally for several years and understand the benefits of having quality video footage when any questions arise regarding interactions between the police and the public as it is impartial.
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