There are 537 law enforcement agencies in New Jersey, including state, county, and local law enforcement, as well as college campus police, a school district police department, and bridge police. Of those, 239 (45%) equip some or all their officers with body-worn cameras. That’s according to a survey the results of which Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced on Thursday. The 239 have a total of 12,195 cameras.
In a statement from the attorney general’s office accompanying the announcement, Grewal said, “I applaud the many police departments that have embraced body-worn cameras as a critical tool for enhancing police-community relations, and I urge more to follow suit.” The statement noted that Grewal cannot mandate statewide use of the cameras unless the Legislature appropriates sufficient, reliable funding to help police departments purchase and maintain them. It also noted that a 2017 survey of New Jersey police who use the cameras indicated that most were highly satisfied with the devices and viewed them as effective tools for promoting public trust, protecting officers, and gathering evidence.