All New Jersey police officers to wear body cameras by summer

State leaders in New Jersey want all officers wearing a body camera in the next two months or so.

News 12 Staff

Apr 13, 2021, 9:53 AM

Updated 1,139 days ago

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State leaders in New Jersey want all officers wearing a body camera in the next two months or so.
The state is allocating $60 million for departments to pay for the body cameras. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law last year requiring that officers wear body cameras, and with the funds, officers should have them by June.
It isn't the only change coming to the department. The state attorney general has also launched a public website called a "use of force dashboard" to track every case where police use force.
Former Paterson police officer, Dalton Price, who's now the president of a Black law enforcement group, supports the moves toward transparency.
"In the climate that we're living in, I can say that a lot of what we see on video, it looks bad and a lot of it looks bad because it is bad,” says Price.
Another change coming that Price will be a part of is recruiting state police officers. It comes as lawmakers are pushing departments to have minority hiring programs to better represent the communities they are policing.


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