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Brick Police to be Equipped With Body Cameras

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Body cameras worn by North Charleston, S.C. police. (Credit: Ryan Johnson/ Wikimedia)
Body cameras worn by North Charleston, S.C. police. (Credit: Ryan Johnson/ Wikimedia)

All of Brick Township’s police officers will be equipped with body cameras while on duty, beginning later this year.

The township council on Tuesday night voted in favor of accepting a $112,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help fund the cameras and related hardware and software, which is estimated to cost about $99,000 for 75 cameras, said Business Administrator Joanne Bergin.

The township had already planned to equip officers with body cameras, which record the officer’s interactions with members of the public by way of a lens clipped onto a shirt pocket, before the grant funding became available, Bergin said. The township had included the devices in the 2016 capital budget.

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Cameras should be a part of an officer’s uniform sometime in the late spring or summer, since recording hardware and software must be set up, and officers must receive training.

“It’s important for everyone involved – for the safety of our officers and the safety of our residents,” said Mayor John Ducey. “The cameras will show an accurate depiction of what happened during any particular incident. So if there is ever  question about what happened, we have that evidence.”

Ducey said the township did not decide to equip officers with cameras in response to any particular incident or concern.

“It’s just an overall betterment” of the department and officers’ interactions with civilians, he said.

Body-worn cameras became a significant national issue in the wake of several police shootings which sparked protest in recent years. Law enforcement advocates say video can often be used to exonerate an officer if he or she is accused of wrongdoing while on duty. Opponents have held that the cameras can be seen as a violation of one’s privacy during encounters with police. In Brick, Bergin said the department will develop “policies and procedures” governing the proper use of the cameras, as well as how long footage will have to be archived on hard drives.

“That’s why we’re not expecting it to be fully implemented by summer,” she said.

 


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  • Beach N8iv

    As long as these cameras come equipped with an “OFF” button, they’re worthless.

  • Smokin

    Great idea to protect our officers ..Blue life’s Matter !

  • Goodgrief

    Our police deserve all the help available at this point. 2 more police officers killed in Iowa today. This war on police is so very wrong.

    • J W

      War on police? lol don’t make me laugh. How many unarmed civilians have the police killed so far this year? They still haven’t even so much as given that thug-cop who strangled Eric Garner to death a slap on the wrist.

  • Hydra Trump

    Finally–government overreach and overspending that I can get behind! Just make sure you’re not recording the things you don’t want out there, boys.

  • J W

    They’ll just delete the videos of them groping women, saying racist filth and shooting people dead for fun. They used to sprinkle some crack dust on people, nowadays they don’t even bother because this place has become a police state.

    • Goodgrief

      Your bigotry is getting out of control again.

      • J W

        You need to familiarize yourself with the definition of that word. Your endless bias against African Americans is unsettling.

      • Goodgrief

        Your vocabulary mistakes are becoming obvious.

        bigotry: stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.

      • J W

        Objective facts aren’t ‘beliefs’. People like you who live in your own factual word are why this country is universally regarded as populated by idiots by the the rest of the world.

      • J W

        I’m not a ‘bigot’ for pointing out that the cops are racist and execute black men. The denial of this incontrovertible fact however justifies such a statement about those who refuse to acknowledge endless abuses by this police state. Keep your head in the sand though and call people who are right bigots to make yourself feel better. That totally helps.

      • Goodgrief

        “I’m not a ‘bigot’ for pointing out that the cops are racist and execute black men.”
        That says it all. Sorry Dan for taking up so much space. I am finished with this subject.

      • J W

        Prove me wrong then. Why did Eric Garner have to die? Selling Newports isn’t a crime. #BLACKLIVESMATTER

      • Goodgrief

        Did you see where you were wrong?

  • Chief Wahoo

    As they should. Public servants.