ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle Police Department will be able to purchase body cameras and needed accessories because of a $15,000 grant from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, that will provide the town with a critical law enforcement tool that provides both audio and video recordings of interactions between police officers and members of the public. 

The grant is part of the 2016 Body Worn Camera Assistance Program, sponsored by the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

“Beginning under the leadership of then Mayor and now Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley, the Roselle Borough Council and the Roselle Police Department took important steps to increase the visibility and accessibility of our public safety officials, and this is part of that continued effort,” said Councilman Reginald Atkins, who serves as the Borough’s Councilman-At-Large and chairs the Borough’s Public Safety Committee.

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“We live in a time when our residents demand community policing as a quality of life issue and they also demand accountability,” Atkins said. “The addition of body cameras as part of our law enforcement officers’ day-to-day operations will provide both.”

The cost of each unit is $762.55 and Roselle was awarded the maximum grant amount of $500 per unit and will provide the additional cash match of $262.55 per unit to purchase 30 units.

“The use of body cameras have been shown to be an effective tool to reduce the number of unwarranted civilian complaints against police officers, increase law enforcement transparency and act as a tool for the de-escalation between the police and members of the community,” said Council President Kim Shaw, who represents the Borough’s 4th. Ward. “We look forward to seeing positives results from this program and will receive regular reports from the Roselle Police Department on the efficacy of the program.” 

The purchase of the body cameras and the program’s implementation are expected to take place in early spring 2017, Atkins said, once Borough Council formally accepts the grant and the program is officially signed off by the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General.