Little Egg Harbor Police Display Body Cameras


Pat Johnson
December 22, 2021
By Pat Johnson

Via THE LENS: Patrolman Michael Dover sporting activities the new physique digital camera. Lt. Troy Bezak clarifies its use. (Photograph by Pat Johnson)
Thanks to a $101,000 point out grant, the Tiny Egg Harbor Police Department’s uniformed officers will have on and activate their entire body-worn cameras in the course of phone calls for support and traffic stops.
At the Dec. 9 Minor Egg Harbor Township Committee assembly, Lt. Troy Bezak described that the department is nonetheless reviewing the condition policy directive of 22 web pages that features when cameras must be utilised – all through any assistance scenario – and not to be applied, for illustration, when on school house or where kids are existing, unless it is a make a difference of bodily damage.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed laws demanding entire body cameras be worn by police in 2020 as section of New Jersey’s Excellence in Policing application, made to continue the process of constructing general public trust by endorsing professionalism, enhancing transparency, and making sure accountability across the regulation enforcement job. Then Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s directive in May well essential all uniformed patrol officers have on the camera plus officers assigned to tactical groups, proactive enforcement teams, canine models, or duties that include common interaction with the community. Officers engaged in undercover assignments, administrative duties or operating with confidential informants are not required to be outfitted with BWCs.
Best apply guidelines need that BWCs be activated in nearly all law enforcement-citizen encounters and supervisors review BWC recordings to make improvements to officer overall performance. New regulations incorporate a need that officers, each time secure and feasible, notify citizens when they are getting recorded by a BWC, deactivate a BWC on the request of a crime target, and refrain from recording to obtain intelligence information based mostly on Initial Amendment guarded speech, associations or religion.
The footage will be saved remotely and after supervisor evaluate, specified passages may be redacted. “It will be audited and periodically be reviewed by law enforcement,” said Bezak. Patrolman Michael Dover modeled the system digital camera on his “outer provider.”  —P.J.

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