State Senator Jason Lewis together with State Representatives Steven Ultrino, Paul Donato and Kate Lipper-Garabedian recently announced that the Malden Police Department received a $95,000 state grant to expand its body-worn cameras program. The grant application process required the Malden Police Department to submit a comprehensive deployment plan that describes a deliberate and phased plan to deploy the technology, as well as specific ways that use of the cameras will enhance the department’s mission.
“I’m very pleased that the Malden PD will be receiving this state assistance to expand their use of body-worn cameras,” said Lewis. “This technology helps increase transparency and provides benefits to both police officers and the public they serve.”
“I am excited that the Malden Police Department has been awarded a state grant for a body-worn cameras program,” said Lipper-Garabedian. “I congratulate the Department on taking this significant step in pursuit of improved public safety and community-police relations.”
“The recent awarding of grant money for the implementation of body worn cameras is a great help in this new phase of the Malden Police Department’s commitment to the best practices in public safety and community service. This important step in the future of our great department is something that is a priority of our city and something that has been embraced by the members of the department,” said Police Chief Kevin Molis. “We look forward to the implementation of body worn cameras knowing that it will be a valuable tool in showing the great examples of dedicated service and sacrifice that Malden Police officers perform each day. We are deeply grateful that our state leaders in government have chosen to provide us with assistance in this great and worthy endeavor.”
Currently, 10 percent of Massachusetts municipal police departments operate a body-worn cameras program. However, a poll conducted by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association indicated that 75 percent of departments in both large cities and smaller communities are interested in starting a program.