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The Human Rights Commission was established to promote the city’s human rights policy. It is the policy of the city to assure that every individual shall have equal access to & benefit from all public services, to protect every individual in the enjoyment & exercise of civil rights & to encourage & bring about mutual understanding & respect among all individuals of the city. It is the goal of the Human Rights Commission to ensure that all city residents are treated fairly & equally by eliminating bigotry, discrimination, intolerance & prejudice.

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Meet monthly on the 1st Monday at 6 p.m.

Meetings are generally held in the Esther Howland Chamber, 3rd Floor of City Hall. Periodically, the monthly meeting is held in the community.

Please review the Meeting Schedule for meeting dates.

Date/Time of Next Meeting: TBA

Police Body Camera Review and Input

Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) are an effective tool to preserve factual representations of officer/ civilian interactions. BWCs are also effective in capturing video and audio evidence for use in criminal investigations, internal investigations, officer training and increasing transparency.

On May 1, 2019 the Worcester Police Department (WPD) began a 6 month Body Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Program. The pilot ran from May 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019 and consisted of 46 WPD volunteers. The program was implemented with the goal of achieving the greatest public safety benefits. The findings of the program will be used when carefully considering whether the Worcester Police Department should adopt body worn cameras.

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Office of Human Rights
City Hall Room 109
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Accessible via WRTA Bus Line. View Schedules

Phone: 508-799-1030 x31136
Fax: 508-799-1040
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Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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