CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:07 P.M.

Adjourned: 06:04 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Kathleen M Toomey
Vice Chairperson Sarai Rivera
Councilor Donna M Colorio
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Kathleen M Toomey Vice Chairperson Councilor Sarai Rivera Councilor Donna M Colorio
 
Also:WPD Captain Carl Supernor WPD Lieutenant Sean Murtha Axon East Coast Director of Sales Chris Perez Axon Northeast Senior Regional Manager Benjamin DeRites Deputy City Clerk Stephen AJ Pottle, clerk
 
1.

Virtual Attendee Call-In Information

1a.

Pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021 and in order to ensure active, public engagement, the City of Worcester currently allows for both in-person and remote participation at all City Council and Standing Committee meetings. To partake in the meeting, you may attend the meeting in-person within the meeting location, follow the below link to join via Zoom or dial the direct line as indicated.

Public Safety Committee Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/93622914564
Public Safety Committee Zoom Phone Number: (929) 205 6099
Public Safety Committee Zoom Access Code: 936 2291 4564

Attachments
2.

Approval of the Minutes

2a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Public Safety hereby approves the minutes of the Public Safety Committee meeting on December 12, 2021.

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Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the order. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

3.

Communication of the City Manager - Police Department

3a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Body-Worn Camera Program. # 10.11B CM April 5, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and recognized the Axon East Coast Director of Sales and Axon Northeast Senior Regional Manager, who provided a presentation on the products and services offered by Axon.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey then discussed the redaction assistance and auto-redact functions, whether phones are included with the package and plans concerning the phones, the usability of the products in areas with no cellular coverage, and access to reports generated from VR training sessions with the Axon Northeast Senior Regional Manager and WPD Captain.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized Councilor Colorio, who discussed the learning curve of Axon products and its impact on police officersí day-to-day operations with the Axon Northeast Senior Regional Manager.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized the following speakers:
1. Richard Cipro, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized the Axon Northeast Senior Regional Manager, who discussed unlimited data storage service provided by Axon.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized the WPD Captain, who discussed the timeline for the policies to be provided to City Council.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized the Deputy City Clerk, who discussed the procedural motion to approve the timeline for the Body Worn Camera program.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey brought forth the following two (2) Chairmanís Orders: 1) Request City Manager provide City Council with report concerning the cost to supply phones to police officers as part of the Body Worn Camera program and; 2) Request City Manager provide City Council with report on the Body Worn Camera program policies.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey brought forth the following Chairmanís Resolution: That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby approve of the potential schedule associated with the Body Worn Camera program timeline.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be filed.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with report concerning the cost to supply phones to police officers as part of the Body Worn Camera program.

Request City Manager provide City Council with report concerning the WPD policy for the Body Worn Camera program.

Chairman's Resolutions

That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby approve of the potential schedule associated with the Body Worn Camera program timeline.

3b.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a summary of the listening sessions on police body cameras. # 9.20A CM - November 16, 2021

In Committee December 21, 2022 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and recognized the WPD Lieutenant, who discussed the community feedback concerning the listening sessions on police body cameras and redaction of information in the recordings.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized the WPD Captain, who discussed the listening sessions held at the state level.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey moved to recommend the item be filed.

Recommend File