FLEMINGTON, NJ – Police in Flemington and Raritan Township are among those in eight other Hunterdon police agencies that will be receiving grants to help equip them with body cameras.
According to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, the cameras range in price from $500 to $1,000 each.
The grants are part of a $2.5 million state grant made possible by criminal forfeiture funds, according to Kearns, and is managed by the state Attorney General’s Office. Through the grant, departments receive $500 per camera device.
In a press release, Kearns said, “The use of body worn video camera technology will provide value in enhancing officer safety, reduction of liability, assist with prosecution and case resolution, and further promote professionalism and accountability.”
Raritan Township police will receive $16,000 of funding and Flemington will get $3,000. A total of $53,500 will be distributed in Hunterdon under the grant program.
The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office applied for the Attorney General's grant program in August. Kearns said he applauds Gov. Chris Christie and Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman “for embracing this new technology and easing the financial burden on our police departments.”
Other Hunterdon agencies sharing in the grant are police in Clinton, Delaware, Holland, Readington and Tewksbury townships; the city of Lambertville; and Flemington, Frenchtown and High Bridge boroughs.