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BPCAT has one mission and one goal: to further accountability and safety in the city of Boston through the mandatory use of police body cameras.
Mattapan residents Shekia Scott and Segun Idowu co-founded the Boston Police Camera Action Team –also known as BPCAT – on August 13, 2014.
BPCAT was born out of a frustration with a lack of solutions to systemic issues affecting communities of color. The co-founders decided talking and tweeting were not enough and BPCAT was formed.
The group is committed to, not only equipping all of Boston’s police officers with body cameras, but also drafting the rules and procedures that they would follow once they are outfitted with these body cameras.
BPCAT held its first meeting in the offices of the ACLU of Massachusetts with ten other committed Boston residents.
The issue of placing body cameras on police officers has exploded across the nation. President Barack Obama announced on Monday, December 1, 2014 that the federal government would be committing $75 million to equipping state and local police with the devices. That same week, on December 5, 2014, Boston’s mayor, Martin Walsh, voiced his support for equipping the city's police officers with body cameras as part of a pilot program.
because of bpcat's work to bring this matter to prominence in boston, the city will see a pilot program begin at the end of may 2016. members of bpcat are working with the community and the boston police department to ensure that adequate policies are put into place before the program begins.