The Massachusetts State Police today marked a milestone by completing implementation of the Department’s body-camera program. As of today, all sworn members across every MSP division — a total of approximately 2,215 sworn personnel — have been assigned body cameras and been trained in their operation and relevant Department policy. The program was initially announced as part of a series of reforms first introduced in April 2018.
Body-worn cameras have been assigned to every Trooper, and departmental policy governs the use and criteria for activation of the body cameras. Additionally, the Department’s implementation of its cruiser camera program is nearing completion. As of this week, cameras have been installed in approximately 800 Department cruisers, with an additional 200 cruisers scheduled to be outfitted with cruiser mounted cameras.
“Our camera program assists in accurate documentation of Troopers’ interactions with suspects, victims, and members of the public,” said Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. “This is essential to capturing evidence for criminal cases as well as memorializing the nature of interactions between Troopers and the public. Body camera video also provides a valuable training tool for recruits and existing officers.”
The camera systems are an integral part of the slate of initiatives the MSP has undertaken over the last few years under the Baker-Polito Administration to enhance accountability, operational capabilities, and community outreach.
Other measures that have been implemented are installation of GPS technology in MSP vehicles, construction of the Department’s Homeland Security Operations Center, routine payroll audits, enhanced use of technology in recruiting, establishment of a Community Liaison Team, and participation by all Department members in two nationally-acclaimed law enforcement training programs, Fair and Impartial Policing and Georgetown University’s Active Bystander in Law Enforcement curriculum.