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While still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, police in the largest city in western Massachusetts have started training to use body-worn cameras. 

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    Police in the largest city in western Massachusetts will soon start wearing cameras as funds have now been approved to purchase the equipment.

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    Officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are heatedly debating whether police should have access to a controversial technology.

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     The police department in Springfield, Massachusetts is moving closer to becoming the first big city police department in the state to equip all its cops with body cameras.

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      The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is seeking bids from companies to supply the city’s troubled police department with a body-worn camera system.

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   As part of a reform push at the troubled Springfield, Massachusetts police department, more leadership has been added to the ranks. 

    The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts begins a series of public hearings this week on the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st.

      As a step to restore community trust, the acting commissioner of the troubled Springfield, Massachusetts police department is planning to pursue accreditation. 

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     The police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts is vowing to press forward with reforms to the police department.  But after a recent jury verdict in a police brutality lawsuit, some elected officials are growing impatient. 

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    Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts say they have a three-phase plan to outfit the city’s police officers with body-worn cameras. 

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   A contract has been finalized that will put Springfield in line to be the first big city in Massachusetts with police officers wearing body cameras.

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An appeals court is blocking the release of New York City police body camera footage at least until it hears arguments in November.

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    Under the terms of a tentative contract agreement, Springfield could be the first large city in Massachusetts where police officers are outfitted with body-worn cameras.  

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Kingston’s mayor hosted a forum on policing and community relations Monday night. The idea was to open lines of communication among residents, police officers and police commissioners. Several residents say they appreciated the forum, but there is lots of work to be done.

The city of Schenectady is beginning the process of outfitting police officers with body cameras.

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   A new push is being made to get police departments in Massachusetts equipped with body and cruiser cameras.  A law enforcement equipment company is offering free trials of its camera system. A state legislator wants the Baker administration to come up with guidelines for using the technology.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan addressed those gathered prior to the actual forum.
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The Center For Law and Justice recently issued a letter of support for community policing on the University at Albany campus, whose police chief J. Frank Wiley has come under fire for adhering to the policy. The city of Albany has gained national recognition for its community policing philosophy. As Albany police begin outfitting officers with body cameras, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Center's executive director Alice Green about how the devices might alter the police-community dynamic.

A Baltimore man was held in jail for months after police found a stash of drugs — but the officer who found the drugs also seems to be the one who hid them in that spot, according to footage from his body camera. The public defender's office says the man is now free and it is questioning the officer's involvement in 53 active cases.

The officer has been suspended and two of his colleagues are on administrative duty, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said, as the agency's internal affairs unit looks at the case.

Minneapolis officers failed to turn on their body cameras in the first fatal police shooting since the city began equipping cops with the devices last year.

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The Albany Police body camera program is almost ready for prime time.  Tuesday night officials updated citizens during a community forum at the main branch of the Albany Public Library.

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  The top cop in Springfield, Massachusetts said he supports body cameras for the city’s police officers but obstacles remain to using the technology. The costs might be prohibitive and there are complex legal issues.

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The Fulton County city of Gloversville this week began outfitting its police force with body cameras. The devices are becoming standard practice in many police departments as video technology becomes more prevalent in our everyday lives — and departments come under increasing scrutiny.

         A narcotics detective in Springfield, Massachusetts has been suspended, but not fired, after he threatened to kill and plant drug evidence on two teenagers who had stolen an unmarked police car. His actions have jeopardized a number of drug cases.

Beginning today, Albany police officers will be testing body cameras while on duty.

Beginning on Monday, Albany police officers will be testing body cameras while on duty.

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Few Connecticut police departments are showing interest in a new state program that encourages them to begin using body cameras.

Four police departments in New York have been awarded U.S. Department of Justice grants to purchase body cameras for officers. 

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In an age of smartphones and social media, more police departments across the country are considering equipping their officers with body cameras. Last week the Saratoga County Public Safety Committee approved two measures related to community policing, one of which would equip Sheriff's deputies with body cameras.

For three years, Niagara County been equipping its deputies with body cameras. WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Sheriff Jim Voutour, president of the New York State Sheriff's Association, about his department's program.