Body Camera Ready: Stamford Latest Police Force to Sign Up
After months of testing and evaluating various models, Stamford Mayor David Martin, along with the officials from the Stamford Police Department, have announced that the police department will be moving forward with purchasing a “full compliment” of body-worn cameras.
“The City of Stamford is a growing, diverse community with a great police department,” Martin said during a recent press conference.
“Many recent events have highlighted the importance of strong, collaborative relationships between the police and the community they serve, with accountability and transparency as priorities. Body-worn cameras are a tool that I support and I believe will improve the safety not only of our police, but the community as a whole.”
Grant fund delivers back to top
According to the mayor’s office, the City of Stamford applied for the Body-Worn Camera Pilot Partnership Program in May 2015, and was successful in obtaining grant funding from the Department of Justice.
The SPD field tested three cameras for more than 100 days, ultimately settling on the Axon Body 2 Camera after a majority of the department’s officers indicated a preference for that model.
“Moving forward into the final phase of the Body Worn Camera program shows our commitment to further enhancing our relationship with the community as body-worn cameras have been shown to reduce crime, improve public safety and improve public trust between the Police and residents,” added Ted Jankowski, Director of Public Safety.
SPD has partnered with the Stamford Police Association and ten integral community partners — including the NAACP and ACLU, the States Attorney’s Office and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center — to ensure that policies and procedures are in place to address individual’s rights, privacy and safety issues.
Stamford NAACP President Jack Bryant said, “I applaud Mayor Martin, our Stamford Director of Public Safety and our Stamford Police Chiefs for continuing the effort to equip our Stamford Police Officers with body cameras. The concept of police body cameras has not been easily accepted by all municipalities in Connecticut, but here in Stamford it was accepted from the beginning and Stamford officials have worked with the community to get us to this point.”
“The trust between law enforcement agencies and the people we protect and serve is essential to the stability of our community,” said Stamford Police Chief Jonathan Fontneau. “The eventual purchase and use of body-worn cameras will enhance the safe and effective delivery of policing services and will provide the necessary transparency to clear up conflicts and questions.”