Morristown PD officers to wear body cameras

Forty body cameras are now being used by Morristown police officers.

Forty body cameras are now being used by Morristown police officers. (5/19/15)

MORRISTOWN - Police in one northern New Jersey town are set to begin wearing body cameras.

Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty and Police Chief Peter Demnitz announced Tuesday that front-line uniformed police officers will begin using the cameras this week.

Dougherty said the cameras can help improve relations between police and the community and provide a factual account of interactions.

He said the town has been looking at using body cameras since 2012. But attending a roundtable event for urban mayors last September - sponsored by the mayors of Newark, Jersey City and Paterson - made Dougherty realize the cameras were a good fit.

Morristown's police department bought 40 of the cameras. They are integrated with existing video systems that are already in marked patrol cars.

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