Program to fund body cameras for New Jersey police officers

Program to fund body cameras for New Jersey police officers

Program to fund body cameras for New Jersey police officers (12/21/15)

PISCATAWAY - Police departments in New Jersey are getting money to purchase and equip officers with body cameras.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced Monday that police departments across New Jersey will share $2.5 million to purchase the cameras. The money was forfeited by criminals.

The program will support the purchases of more than 5,000 body cameras for 176 police departments.

Hoffman says the body cameras promote transparency, mutual accountability and trust between police and the public.

“Police departments throughout this state grasp what a powerful tool body cameras can be for protecting police officers, while also preserving and strengthening public confidence and public trust,” Hoffman said.

The first 100 cameras have already been distributed to the New Jersey State Police. Departments can choose which model of body camera to use. Officers do not have to notify a person when the camera is recording expect under certain conditions. Officers must say if they are recording inside someone’s home or if they are speaking to the victim of a crime.

The attorney general also issued a statewide policy which guides police departments on how to use the cameras.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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