TAUNTON — The Taunton Police Department will purchase body cameras with a $162,488 grant, Chief Edward Walsh announced in a statement on Friday. 

The funds were awarded through a grant program from the state's Executive Office of Public Safety.

In addition to purchasing the cameras, there will also be an on-premises server for the department to store video footage.

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Over the next five years, the body camera grant program will allocate approximately $20 million to municipal police departments across Massachusetts.

The grants are given through an application process as a part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s fiscal year 2022 Capital Budget Plan.

Chief Walsh said, “Building trust is critical to maintaining positive relationships with our community members.” 

"A body-worn camera program is an important way to exemplify to the Taunton community our continued efforts to implement best policing practices within our department,” Walsh added.

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