ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The Robbinsville Township Council recently approved the purchase of 40 body cameras for the Police Department to provide "vital evidence" in arrest and investigations.
Each member of the Robbinsville Township Police Department is currently assigned their own camera. Under this plan, all of those cameras will be replaced with the new, more technologically advanced devices.
Lieutenant Mike Polaski told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville that the cameras are being "cycled out of service" as technology often needs to be updated every few years. He said that these cameras provide evidence that is "just as important" as first-hand accounts.
"The cameras record interactions between officer and citizen to provide vital evidence," said Polaski.
The new body camera technology, which costs approximately $40,000, will include cameras, docking stations, power supply, camera clips, cables, batteries, software, network gear, a two-year warranty, and on-site professional services.
Polaski noted that while cameras "hold officers accountable" locally "we have really good police officers and have not seen anything troubling."
Footage captured from the individual body cameras during the normal course of an officer's on-duty activity is downloaded and kept for a legally required period of time. In cases of "significant arrests or investigations" the camera footage is downloaded, entered into evidence and held indefinitely.
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