Seekonk Police Department’s cable show promotes transparency
The Seekonk Police Department is working to be as transparent as possible with the community by producing a weekly cable access show.
Chief Craig Mace hosts "Police Beat," which is recorded weekly in his office by TV9 Executive Director Cody Peixoto and volunteer Luce Cabral.
In the show, which runs about 30 minutes, Mace shares community news and runs through police logs. He said the show reminds people to be aware of their surroundings.
"People, to this day, will say, 'Nothing happens in Seekonk. It’s residential.' No, it’s not like that," he said.
Mace's special guest in the most recent episode was retired Seekonk Chief Ron Charron. He began the show nearly a decade ago, long before the time when police were active on Twitter and Facebook.
"We're not hiding anything. We have a big budget, the second largest in the town and I think residents have a right to know where their money was going, how it being used," Charron said.
Charron also wrote a weekly newspaper article during his time as chief.
Mace said the show has been well-received and hopes other department follow so community-police relations around Bristol County can improve.
"If I went a couple weeks without doing a show, people would start calling the studios at Cable 9 and ask, 'Did you record a show this week?'” Mace said.
Police Beat airs several times a week on TV9.
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