Weston Police receive $5,000 gift for wearable cameras

weston-cop-cameraDaniel Cascone is one lucky cop! Weston’s newest police officer, who was sworn in last year, won a $5,000 door prize for the department at a Click-It or Ticket kickoff luncheon last month.

Weston Police Chief John Troxell said several prizes were awarded at the luncheon, but Officer Cascone won the biggest one — $5,000 worth of WatchGuard video equipment.

The department had a choice of several different items from WatchGuard that cost $5,000, and chose to get five CopVu wearable cameras and accompanying software.

The wearable cameras clip onto a police officer’s uniform and record incidents in full color, high resolution. They also contain a built-in microphone.

Chief Troxell said the cameras will be a great addition to the department because they can record various incidents. “As far as liability is concerned, it is better if officers have something on file that records an incident. If there are claims made, later you can go to the videotape,” he said.

The department will develop a written policy for the cameras and will also run a pilot test program to see how they work. The chief said he believes the cameras will be especially helpful for recording domestic violence Taser incidents.

The cameras come with software that allows images to be downloaded onto a computer.

The Police Commission approved the $5,000 gift at a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The Board of Selectmen had the item on its agenda for its meeting on Monday, Nov. 19, after The Forum’s deadline.

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