Officials in Camden County, New Jersey hope that police-worn body cameras will provide law enforcement with another tool in the fight against crime. Advocates of the body cameras also believe that they will cut down on potential abuse by police officers because there will now be video evidence of police misconduct. Some local leaders have said that holding police officers accountable should go a long way toward building trust in the community.
Barry Friedman, an expert on body cameras, was recently invited by Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson to provide advice on how the police department can best utilize the video recording devices. Friedman is the director of NYU School of Law’s Policing Project, a group that is administering surveys to Camden County residents to get a sense of public opinion on the body cameras. Once the surveys have been completed, the Policing Project will make sure that the Camden County Police Department gets the data. The results are expected to inform officials as they tailor the final policy on police-worn body cameras in the New Jersey county.
A major concern for Camden County officials is the high cost of equipping police officers with body cameras. It is estimated that 325 cameras, supplied by a company based out of Illinois, will cost more than $260,000. However, the federal government should reimburse the county for at least some of the expenses involved, with the NJ state government defraying other costs as well. Moreover, the high cost of the computer software needed to run the body cameras will be covered by a contract reached with Dell Computer Corp.
To learn more, check out the NJ.com article, “Residents Give N.J. Police an Earful on What’s Captured by Body Cameras.”
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