Body Camera Bargaining Update – Massachusetts Police Locals

It has been widely reported that the Commonwealth’s Office of Public Safety has been actively awarding grants for BWC programs to communities. The grant program has very specific requirements in its application process, including several that concern collective bargaining and your union’s role as a necessary part of the process.

Attached below is a copy of the Massachusetts BWC Grant Application instructions – I have highlighted several terms of interest. Please take some time to read and familiarize yourself and your local with the process. This will definitely help your group understand that the union has a required role in the grant process. You will also learn the extensive amount of information that must be provided by cities and towns, much of which will be of great interest to local unions. Finally, it would be good to know what representations are being made about the status of union negotiations and proposed changes to employment practices, etc.

The second attachment is just a standard public records request for the grant information. This is one that was sent directly to the State, although it can also be directed to the employer. Groups dealing with the BWC issue should request the grant information so they can analyze and then be in a position to bargain effectively.

If your community is not one of the many that applied for the grants, then the information required by the state is a good starting point for your union to form its own informaiton request – in other words, to the extent the PD is starting a BWC program, you could ask for the same types of information as part of a GL c. 150E request to your PD.

Click Here – BWC Grant Info

Click Here – Public Records Request

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Body Camera Bargaining Update – Massachusetts Police Locals


Attached is a new decision from Vermont on behalf of Chester VT Police Union. The NEPBA filed a petition for representation a few months back. The Town objected to the proposed makeup of the bargaining unit, specifically, the Town argued that the Sergeant was a supervisory employee under the law and thus otherwise not permitted to be in the proposed unit. NEPBA obviously argued that the Sergeant was not a supervisory employee and thus eligible to be in the proposed unit.

The Parties held a hearing on December 9, 2021 in front of the Board concerning whether or not the Sergeant was in fact a supervisory employee under the law. The Board issued a decision last week (Attached) ruling in favor of NEPBA, holding that the sergeant was not a supervisory employee under the law and that he was thus eligible to be included in the proposed unit.


Happy Law Enforcement Appreciation Day!


In honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, all active and retired law enforcement officers and their guests are invited to visit the National Law Enforcement Museum for free on January 9!

Note: Law Enforcement can reserve their ticket online for January 9 here. Please check in law enforcement guests on January 9 at the ticketing desk inside the museum.

The museum has something for everyone in your family:

  • Travel through time to learn about the earliest officers
  • Discover historical artifacts
  • Explore the roles of forensic scientists and detectives
  • Learn how police officers support their communities and keep us safe


Your friends and family can experience what it’s like to be an American Police Officer:

  • L3 Harris PatrolSim™ – the only patrol driving simulator of its kind in the country not housed in a police training academy
  • InVeris Decision Making Simulator – a virtual experience showcasing the quick decisions that must be made daily

Thank you for your service—We’ll see you on January 9!

National Law Enforcement Museum444 E Street NWWashington, DC 20001