State Senator Jason Lewis and State Representatives Steven Ultrino, Kate Lipper-Garabedian and Paul Donato announced that the Malden Police Department has received a $38,250 state grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) to expand its Body-Worn Camera (BWC) program. The Malden Police Department previously received a state grant to develop and implement the Body-Worn Camera program, which was rolled out earlier this year. The new funds will be used to expand and enhance this program.
“The implementation of Malden’s Body-Worn Camera program was a major step to increase transparency andprovide benefits to both police officers and the public they serve,” said Senator Lewis. “I am pleased that the State is able to provide further support to expand this valuable program that enhances public safety in Malden.”
“I am excited that the Malden Police Department has been awarded a state grant for a body-worn cameras program,” said Representative Kate Lipper-Garabedian. “I applaud the Department on continuing to expand this program in pursuit of improved public safety and community-police relations.”
“The funding allocated for the Body-Worn Camera Grant Program is an important step in making sure that our police officers and community members are safe, and will provide us with valuable information when an incident does occur,” said Representative Donato.
“I am excited to see Malden’s progress with the Body-Worn Camera program and the additional investment from the State into the safety of our communities,” said Representative Ultrino. “As the first agency in Middlesex County to implement an Axon body-worn camera program, the Malden Police Department and the City are prioritizing transparency and accountability while keeping our community and our police officers safe – and we are proud to continue to support these efforts in the legislature.”
“We are grateful to our Legislative Delegation and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for this crucial funding,” said Mayor Gary Christenson. “Having rolled out our body-worn camera program in October, we are already seeing positive results as our officers continue their hard work of protecting our residents.”
“The Malden Police Department is truly appreciative of the efforts made by our Legislative Delegation and EOPSS to assist us with our Body-Worn Camera (BWC) program,” said Police Chief Glenn Cronin. “BWC’s have bolstered our continuing effort and commitment to increase transparency, legitimacy, and trust within our community.”