CAMDEN, NJ — Half a dozen ultra-violet lamps — able to kill microbials like the virus that causes COVID-19 — were delivered to workers on the frontlines in Camden County on Friday.

The Camden County Police Department (CCPD), members of Cooper Hospital, and other public safety agencies received the systems today — with additional lamps set to be distributed by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) throughout the county for access by emergency departments. 

County officials said the delivery is part of efforts to quickly and reliably decontaminate first responder vehicles and equipment - taking mere minutes to clean a police cruiser for instance. 

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“This powerful tool will keep both our officers and our residents safe, and we are incredibly grateful for the Office of Emergency Management’s stewardship in procuring this equipment,” said Camden County Police Chief Joe Wysocki. “Having this resource nearby means that we can have our cruisers and SUVs safe for occupancy in a fraction of the time that it would take otherwise."

Wysocki said the systems will help officers spend more time assisting residents dealing with the pandemic and other matters.

“This technology allows our police, EMTs and firefighters to safely decontaminate their vehicles on a regular basis, keeping themselves and our residents safe as they perform the critical function of responding to emergencies during this pandemic,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young.

Young clarified that the lamps do not replace routine cleaning that already takes place in the county.

“When we transport inmates from one location to another, we are responsible for their safety, and that includes doing our best to prevent them from contracting this terrible disease and spreading it to others within our facilities,” said Camden County Sherriff Gilbert “Whip” Wilson, who earlier this year deployed officers to the CCPD. 

“This becomes an additional weapon in our arsenal that can be used to fight COVID-19 and stop it from ever reaching the men and women we serve. This would not be possible without the collaboration of first responders throughout Camden County, as well as the leadership of the Freeholder Board and OEM," he said.

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