Mysterious issue with union pauses efforts to add body-worn cameras to Pittsfield police
Meg Britton-Mehlisch reports in The Berkshire Eagle that opposition from the police union has stopped efforts to get the Pittsfield police to add body-worn cameras. Police Capt. Gary Traversa told the city council that a set of “fairly recent delays” had caused the department to “hit the pause button” on adding body-worn cameras. But he said it is “not for me to discuss” what concerns the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 447 now has, just that those concerns have paused any efforts to add police cameras. Mayor Linda Tyer also would not say what the problem was. “I think there were some issues raised this week that the union needs to work through and won’t be able to move forward until those are settled,” Tyer said. Traversa did say that once the mysterious issue is resolved the process will move forward. “Our hope was to have a vendor chosen by the end of the year; it’s our understanding that prices go up at that point so we were hoping to have a contract signed,” Traversa said. “However we really haven’t — at least on our side of the street — taken that much of a dive into the procurement process.” Great Barrington police began using Axon body cameras in late September, becoming the first local department in Berkshire County to equip officers with cameras, and Sheffield has also received grant money to add cameras to police. Read more about this story in The Berkshire Eagle.