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NJ Police Force Equipped With Body Mounted Cameras

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Evesham Township, New Jersey is the first department in the Garden State to outfit their entire force with body cameras. That's 48 officers!

The cameras are buttoned into the officers shirts and the officer can press the center button two-times to begin recording both audio and video. These wireless devices came with a pretty hefty price tag of $63,000 for the hardware as well as licensing and video storage at an off-site server. However, Chief of Police Christopher Chew said that their return on the investment makes the initial cost worth it.

“One lawsuit can cost us a million dollars, especially if it's a he said-she said. Now we can just show the video clip without having all of our officers go to court with a long trial,” Chief Chew said.

The township will save on litigation, in terms of complaints of use of force, and workers compensation reductions, because now everything is recorded. Chief Chew says this adds a whole new level of accountability not only to the officer, but also the public. He says that when people know that they are being recorded they tend to change their attitude.

“When they know they're on video they may say I better calm done, I better not escalate, I better comply because this can be used against me,” he said.

Chief Chew says that these cameras help capture incidents from the beginning to end so that nothing is left out. In fact, the video starts 30 seconds before even hitting start.

 

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