Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #127
Order Adopted
Jun 10, 2020 5:30 PM

That the Cambridge City Council schedule a hearing to discuss the possible use of body cameras by the Cambridge Police Department

Information

Department:City Clerk's OfficeSponsors:Councillor Marc C. McGovern, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor E. Denise Simmons
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The nation is grappling with how to improve police interactions with residents, and how to create a police department that is equitable and accountable to the community; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge has a vested interest in ensuring the safety of both residents and police officers, and embedding opportunities for transparency to facilitate this work; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Having police officers wear body cameras is one way of increasing transparency in local policing. While the research results are mixed about whether the technology decreases police use of force, it is at least a means of oversight and accountability of individual behavior and overall policing; therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the Cambridge City Council schedule a hearing to discuss the possible use of body cameras by the Cambridge Police Department.

 

Meeting History

Jun 8, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:REFERRED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan
Jun 10, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Special Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan