Body Worn Camera Program

The implementation of body cameras in police departments has become a crucial and transformative step in law enforcement practices. As concerns about transparency and accountability have grown in recent years, many police departments have adopted body cameras as a means of providing an unbiased and comprehensive record of officers' interactions with the public. These small, wearable devices not only capture video footage but also audio recordings, offering a more complete picture of events during incidents. The use of body cameras has the potential to enhance public trust by providing an objective record that can be reviewed in cases of disputes or allegations of misconduct.

The Amesbury Police Department's (APD) adoption of body cameras serves as a tool for both officers and the community to improve behavior and promote professionalism. The presence of body cameras can de-escalate tense situations, as individuals interacting with law enforcement are also aware that their actions are being documented. This accountability contributes to a safer and more transparent policing environment, benefiting both law enforcement and the communities they serve.

APD has undergone extensive training in the technical use of the new body cameras, the appropriate times at which they are used, and the processing and redaction of footage.

In addition to body worn cameras, patrol vehicles will be equipped with dash mounted cameras.

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Police Chief Bailey on Live with Mayor Kassandra Gove

Chief Bailey sat with Mayor Gove and co-host Brenna Currie to speak about and answer questions about the new body-worn camera program.

Video: Amesbury Community Television (ACTV)

Frequently Asked Questions

Officer body-worn cameras (BWCs) are relatively small devices that record interactions between community members (e.g., the public, suspects, and victims) and law enforcement officers. The video and audio recordings from BWCs can be used by law enforcement to demonstrate transparency to their communities; to document statements, observations, behaviors, and other evidence; and to deter unprofessional, illegal, and inappropriate behaviors by both law enforcement and the public.

Questions?

Questions about body-worn or dash-mounted cameras can be directed to: police@amesburyma.gov.