SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Police Department is seeking funding to install body cameras on all officers, as per a state order for all law enforcement agencies. Police Chief Raymond Hayducka and fellow officers discussed their requests for adequate funding at a recent Township Council meeting.
In November 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation requiring all New Jersey police officers to wear body cameras. The state legislature appropriated $58 million to pay for the equipment. Agencies that had previously purchased cameras can apply for a reimbursement in January 2022.
The South Brunswick Police Department will submit an application for the state’s Body Worn-Camera Grant, which is designed to provide funding for such equipment. The department will not know how much money the state can reimburse them until all agencies have filed an application. The township will be responsible for all future funding for these cameras, according to the department.
As of now, South Brunswick Police are not required to wear body cameras. Police have been using dashboard cameras “for a very long time,” according to an email from the department.
Chief Hayducka says they are negotiating with three separate vendors, one of which is Axon Enterprise, a law enforcement technology company based in Arizona. All footage from Axon’s cameras will be stored to a cloud on evidence.com, where videos are tagged based on the situation and sensitive information (such as faces, license plates, etc.) will be redacted.
The cloud footage would not be open to the public, but would be made available based on the Attorney General’s guidelines on body cameras, according to an email from the police.