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Springfield police board advocates for cameras in cruisers to protect against misconduct

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Earlier this week, the state's joint labor management committee issued its arbitration decision on negotiations between Springfield and its police union.

Among the rulings made by the arbitrator was denying the city the ability to implement recording systems in police cruisers.

Mayor Dominic Sarno's office pointed to a 2011 recommendation from the community police hearing board that advocated for the recording systems as a way to protect officers and civilians against misconduct.

Union officials said Springfield never made a specific proposal for the cameras, and that they had concerns that were never addressed.

The Springfield City Council is scheduled to vote on the arbitrator's recent ruling Monday.

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