(WWLP) – Massachusetts State Police launched their body-camera system this week as soldiers assigned to F Troop began training.
According to Massachusetts State Police spokesperson Dave Procopio, training will continue at Troop F over the next two weeks and it will be the first of the Sections of the State Police to be trained and completed. start wearing the cameras.
Over the next few months, the other five geographic troops, the Special Operations Troop and members of other divisions, such as Academy staff, will begin training.
F Troop is headquartered at Logan International Airport and is responsible for providing policing and security services for all Port Authority facilities and properties. About 150 members of the department holding the ranks of soldier and sergeant will be trained and equipped with body cameras. Company managers provide training.
Additional sessions will be offered to supervisors, legal staff and system administrators to prepare them for the management and administration of the system.
“Our body worn camera system is the next step in the evolution of our officer safety and accountability initiatives,” said Col. Christopher S. Mason, MSP Superintendent. “The camera system will provide valuable digital evidence in our mission to hold perpetrators accountable and will record interactions between agents and the public – thus ensuring that agents maintain the level of professionalism we demand, protecting agents and the public from. any inaccurate description of an interaction and help us assess the credibility of any complaints made against agents.
The body-worn camera system is one of many measures to improve officer safety and follows the implementation of the automated vehicle locator which allows supervisors to quickly find the location of a soldier who may have Need help.
Procopio said F Troop was selected as the first section in the department to be trained and fitted with the body worn camera system, as it operates from a single barracks location.