Marion Police Department introduces body-worn cameras

Apr 17, 2024

MARION — The Marion Police Department announced Friday, April 12 that it launched a body-worn camera program.

As part of the program, all full-time Marion police officers will be assigned a body-worn camera, attached to their uniform so as to prevent it from detaching, according to a press release.

Those cameras will be activated during routine calls, investigatory and traffic stops, foot and vehicle pursuits, emergency driving situations, situations that would gather evidence for prosecution and in situations that the officer deems it necessary and beneficial.

“It gives you more transparency for the public and obviously assists us” Lt. Jeffrey Habicht said. “With where policing is right now with the public, I think it’s a good thing to show the vast majority of police officers and our department are doing the right thing, and we want to do the right thing and we want that transparency.”

About 75% of Marion police officers have completed the training required to wear and operate the body-worn cameras, according to a release. The Marion Police Department set a May 1 deadline for all officers to be trained to wear the cameras.

The program was supported by two grants. The Marion Police Department received $42,530 from Gov. Maura Healey’s administration as well as $38,063 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Habicht said those grants allow a community like Marion to stay with what policing in the United State is doing regarding the use of body-worn cameras.

“It's going to be a positive for the community and for the police department,” said Habicht.