CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department is participating in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Body Worn Camera Performance Review Pilot. 

According to the release, the 90-day pilot program’s review of body worn camera footage will call upon agencies to view a certain quantity of footage, and log each officer’s actions in a database. These data points will compare officer’s responses to existing agency “best practices” to affirm what aspects of current training technique work, and what requires improvement.

“I recognize that our office and law enforcement leaders across this county have an obligation to keep our community safe by providing our residents with the best-trained police force possible. We also have an obligation to keep our officers safe as they carry out their duties. Performance monitoring and early intervention are critical in achieving these standards. Better trained, better performing, and better supervised law enforcement officers, are more self-aware, safer and provide more effective and impactful service to the public,” said acting Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.

Key events under review will be mental health calls, motor vehicle investigations, driving while intoxicated car stops, and incidents during which officers unholster their firearms. The data collected during the pilot program will be used to inform training and policy decisions for law enforcement agencies county-wide, with the hope of expanding the program to include additional events under review and the participation of every Union County law enforcement agency.