Springfield to consider police body cameras

It's for the protection of both citizens and police officers

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police body cameras, they’ve become part of the national conversation, which has made its way to Springfield.

A Springfield city councilor wants the public safety committee to consider equipping Springfield Police with these devices. City Council vice president Orlando Ramos wants officers to wear video recording cameras to create a record of their interactions.

It’s for the protection of both citizens and police officers.

“In the majority of cases cameras actually exonerate the officer, its also going to hopefully be a cop saving measure for the city of Springfield in terms of future cases we have of police misconduct,” said Ramos.

Ramos told 22 news that there is federal funding available for body cameras. The body-camera discussion will be continued before the full city council Monday night.

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