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By Staff | Aug 7, 2021

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Sunday Telegraph weighing in – thumbs up, thumbs down or neutral.

THUMBS UP – To state officials for making the decision outfit the New Hampshire State Police with body cameras. Cameras will be available this fall. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said the cameras were made possible by a $3.4 million contract approved by the Executive Council. He said Thursday the cameras will provide “yet another layer of transparency and accountability in our continued efforts to further bolster public trust in the incredible work done by New Hampshire’s law enforcement officers.” The move toward body cameras came after recommendations from the New Hampshire Commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Community, and Transparency. Sununu endorsed the recommendations. The commission itself was established in June 2020 after the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

THUMBS UP – To hospitals across New Hampshire who will require employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The New Hampshire Hospital Association said it supports the move by its 30 member hospitals to optimize the safety of care for patients and to protect the lives of health care workers. Steve Ahnen, the association’s president, said the pandemic has had a devastating impact not just on patients but hospital staff. Before vaccines were available, staff who were exposed or infected were unable to work, harming the ability of hospitals to staff and care for all patients.


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