Police & Fire

Caldwell PD to Install Dashboard Cameras in Police Cruisers

667435ec094f94f8e207_fd8348d34ac5159ec04c_f3d4f569d16f53663620_2b4cf969c7ffcfdd1cde_8237aad8594baa3a7740_b97f646776197b96a571_police_lights_davidsonscott15.jpg
667435ec094f94f8e207_fd8348d34ac5159ec04c_f3d4f569d16f53663620_2b4cf969c7ffcfdd1cde_8237aad8594baa3a7740_b97f646776197b96a571_police_lights_davidsonscott15.jpg

CALDWELL, NJ - The Caldwell Police Department will add dashboard cameras to all police cruisers in 2015.

The implementation of the project will be completed sometime in January, according to Caldwell Police Chief James Bongiorno. He cited several reasons for the change, including increased safety for both officers and citizens, improved accountability for officers and more accurate record keeping. The cameras will also be a much more definitive resource when complaints are filed.

“Usually, when a citizen files a complaint, we have to go through the full investigative process,” Bongiorno said.

Sign Up for E-News

The process usually includes interviews and can be time consuming. The cameras should ostensibly expedite the process by providing a clear view of any incidents.

The cameras will also provide a resource for improving policing methods. Bongiorno said that officers will now be able to review the methods used during procedures such as traffic stops - and superior officers will be able to amend or critique an officer’s approach.

Officers are almost universally supportive of the measure, according to Bongiorno.

“It will make their lives easier because they know that when people make complaints, all evidence will be on the video,” he said. “And ultimately, it makes encounters between citizens and police safer for everyone, which is the most important thing.”

The cost for installation of the cameras will cost approximately $5,000 and will be paid for by a federal government grant.
 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

Local Children Invited to Register for Essex County Summer Camps

February 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Children of all ages are invited to participate in spring and summer camp opportunities at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Essex County Codey Arena and the Essex County Environmental Center.

The zoo has several weeklong camp adventures that will introduce children to the extraordinary world of animals, nature and science. Campers and their parents/guardians are ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs During "Black Panther" Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, February 22, 7:30 PM

Caldwell United Methodist Church, Caldwell

NJ Federation of Camera Clubs Print Competition

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_390a4586af4b60582b01_coffee_with_a_cop_caldwell

Sat, February 24, 10:00 AM

Rock “N” Joe Coffee Bar, Caldwell

Caldwell Coffee With a Cop

Police & Fire

Carousel_image_45b9574cb5a04b8bcbfa_stephen_fuller_photo

Sun, February 25, 2:00 PM

West Caldwell Public Library, West Caldwell

Concert with Stephen Fuller Quartet

Arts & Entertainment

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...