Body Worn Cameras
The Holmdel Township Police Department strives to be at the forefront in all aspects of law enforcement, specifically in the areas of transparency and community outreach. The Department has demonstrated this commitment through the implementation of a Mobile Video Recorder (MVR) program, also known as vehicle dash-cams, which we implemented in the early 2000’s. Now, the Department will further enhance transparency and community outreach by implementing a Body Worn Camera (BWC) Program.
In 2016, the Chief appointed a Research & Development Committee. The committee field-tested BWC systems from four manufacturers that included five different models. That same committee created a BWC policy, with guidance from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the NJ State Attorney General’s Office. Our Officers provided feedback to the committee throughout this process. The committee concluded its research and recommended a solution that best fit our needs.
Due to our work, we applied for and received a matching grant from the US Department of Justice in the amount of $64,000 toward the purchase of a BWC system. Holmdel will acquire the cameras in fiscal year 2020, followed by training and full implementation to the field.
Based on available data and current national trends, we expect to see positive results from investing in a BWC program. Such as increased transparency and accountability to the public, an increase in criminal convictions, decrease in complaints against Officers, enhanced Department training opportunities, and more.
- Officers are required to alert community members that they are being recorded, in situations when it is safe and reasonable to do so.
- In locations where individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as a home, individuals may request that an Officer not record them. Officers will evaluate each situation and honor the request if appropriate, but have no obligation to stop recording. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
- Video retention schedules are set by New Jersey law.
- All video must be retained for at least 90 days. However, that period may be longer depending on the type of incident, and criminal proceeding. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>