Body-worn cameras are seen as step toward holding communities and police accountable

As of June 1, NJ police departments must equip officers with body-worn cameras

In September, less than half of police departments in New Jersey had body-worn cameras and many still don’t. The state invested $58 million to supply the cameras, but Gov. Phil Murphy acknowledged there are supply-chain issues. The governor toured the Camden Police Department Tuesday, where body-worn cameras have been in use since 2016 and which are credited with reducing the use of force.

As of Tuesday, a new state law requires every police department in the state to equip their officers with the cameras.

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