Yarmouth police look to move forward with body-worn cameras technology

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Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson hoped body-worn camera technology would be “up and running” by September.

But because Massachusetts mandates a town vote for system leases going beyond three years, body-worn cameras won’t find focus in the town until 2022.

“We anticipated that we would be using them by now,” Frederickson said. “But as we entered into the procurement process, we found that it was more affordable to engage in a five- to 10-year contract, and that requires a vote at town meeting.”

Yarmouth voters approved $50,516 at its May 18 town meeting to outfit two full shifts of Yarmouth police officers with body-worn cameras at a time for one year. Another vote is set for Tuesday at special town meeting for the new camera systems program to move forward, said Bob Whritenour, Yarmouth town administrator.

“The article will allow police technology to be leased for a period of up to 10 years,” Whritenour said. “Currently,…

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