Five Berkshire Communities Get Police Body-Camera Grants

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is one of five Berkshire communities receiving a total of $436,000 in funding for body-worn cameras through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. 
The grant program awarded $2,494,752.40 in fiscal 2023 to a total of 32 municipal departments across Massachusetts to implement or expand body-worn camera programs.  
Every department that applied for this year's grant program received either full or partial funding through a competitive application process administered by the Office of Grants and Research.
Both Berkshire cities received funding, with North Adams being granted $94,492 and Pittsfield, $166,586.73. Pittsfield has been discussing the usage of body cameras for a couple years and the City Council endorsed their use last May. The Police Department was piloting two potential vendors earlier this fall. 
The town of Dalton is getting $129,368, Cheshire $26,196.90 and Williamstown $18,941.80.
This year's awards mark the second year that state grant funding has been made available for body-worn camera programs.
"With these grant awards, our administration is expanding resources for local departments to expand the implementation of body-worn cameras which are an important tool to enhance accountability, improve investigations and strengthen relationships between police and the communities they serve," said Gov. Charlie Baker in a statement. "The investment we're making in these programs today will help create safer communities for years to come."
In 2021, the Baker-Polito administration awarded $4 million to help implement or expand local police departments’ body-worn camera programs as part of a five-year, $20 million investment in the technology across Massachusetts. This year's funding will allow 27 departments to introduce new body-worn camera programs in 2023 and allow five departments to expand existing programs.
"Body-worn cameras are a transformative tool for law enforcement. This technology strengthens transparency and accountability while promoting best practices and improving police-community relations," said Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy.

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BAAMS' Monthly Studio 9 Series Features Mino Cinelu

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On April 20, Berkshires' Academy of Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS) will host its fourth in a series of live music concerts at Studio 9.
Saturday's performance will feature drummer, guitarist, keyboardist and singer Mino Cinelu.
Cinelu has worked with Miles Davis, Sting, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Vicente Amigo, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, Pino Daniele, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Salif Keita.
Cinelu will be joined by Richard Boulger on trumpet and flugelhorn, Dario Boente on piano and keyboards, and Tony Lewis on drums and percussion.
Doors open: 6:30pm. Tickets can be purchased here.
All proceeds will help support music education at BAAMS, which provides after-school and Saturday music study, as well as a summer jazz-band day camp for students ages 10-18, of all experience levels
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