$58M

April 12, 2021 | Number of The Day
Grant program to assist eligible police departments to deploy body-worn cameras

As of June 1, according to legislation signed last year by Gov. Phil Murphy, all uniformed patrol officers across New Jersey must be wearing a body camera — or, in Trenton-speak, a “body-worn camera.” To help that happen on schedule, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal is administering a $58 million grant program to “distribute those funds to eligible police departments on a reimbursement basis.”

“Body-worn cameras,” Grewal noted, “have the support of police as well as the public, because the accountability they provide is mutual — everyone behaves better when they know they are on camera.” He added that body cameras, “assist police in gathering evidence and serve to reduce unfounded complaints against officers …” and can “even help to de-escalate volatile situations.”