Springfield Hires Winbourne to Consult on Body-Worn Camera Project
Thursday, February 28, 2019 | Comments

Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Commissioner John Barbieri announced that Winbourne Consulting was awarded the contract to oversee the implementation of body-worn cameras for the Springfield Police Department.

“Awarding this contract is a major step towards implementing body-worn cameras,” Barbieri said. “We will move this process along as quickly as possible, but just as important we want to make sure it is done efficiently. This process will not only benefit our officers, but also the city taxpayers in the long term.”

The Massachusetts Office of Procurement received one bid for a body-worn camera consultant, and Winbourne will receive $300,500.

Winbourne Consulting has begun working with the city and is planning to assist in putting out a request for information (RFI) to research the latest commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) systems available in the market. The consulting firm has also been assisting the city of Waco, Texas, to complete a similar project, along with the city of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington, on body-worn camera projects.

The first phase will include an initial study and development of best practices. This is where information is gathered for a feasibility study. Simultaneously, Winbourne, the Springfield Police Department and the Procurement Department will work together to put out an RFI to better understand which systems are available.

In the second phase, the city will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the new cameras and for its storage needs for the videos, and the third and final phase will be rolling out the program. The city expects to use a mix of city bond funds, city budget funds and potential grants to finance the cost of the camera program.

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