PISCATAWAY, NJ – Starting this week, fourteen patrol officers for the Rutgers University Police Department will wear body cameras on the front of their uniforms, and the goal is to have all Rutgers officers on the Piscataway, New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark campuses equipped with the devices by the start of the September 2016 academic year.
The devices will "have a positive impact on our relations with the community," said Chief Kenneth Cop.
In a post on the Rutgers University Facebook page, the RUPD also stated the following:
“RUPD patrol vehicles have been equipped with dashboard cameras since 2001. Body-worn cameras add a layer of accountability for the police and the public in that they will document what occurred during a call for service, as well as assist officers in the collection of evidence and aid in investigations.
Once the program is fully implemented, officers assigned to patrol will wear their body cameras and turn them on when interacting with the public during a dispatched or self-initiated service call.
Additionally, RUPD supervisors will be able to review the videos captured by the body cameras to assess how officers interact with citizens and, if necessary, tailor department training programs to improve how those officers work in the field. This technology will also capture the positive work our officers are already doing in the field.
Funding for the cameras came in part from the Body-Worn Camera Assistance Program offered through the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.”
Rutgers joins Rowan and Kean Universities whose police officers already wear body cameras in their law enforcement efforts.