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City Offered Free Trial Of Police Body Cameras


    The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has been offered a free trial of police body cameras.

     The mayor’s office said Axon, a company that sells products for the law enforcement market has offered to equip Springfield police with body cameras and dashboard cameras, as well as training, for a full year, free of charge. 

    Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri said he endorses cameras but has concerns about the expense.

     " So I am very hopeful I think it is going to be in Springfield, hopefully in the very near future," Barbieri said in April.

    The use of cameras by police in Springfield is a subject of current contract talks with the patrolman’s union.

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