NJ Transit equips its police officers with body cameras

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NEWARK, N.J. — NJ Transit’s entire police department has been outfitted with body cameras. The agency recently finished a $2-million project to install body-worn cameras on all of its officers, news site NJ.com reports.

Transit police officials say the cameras will provide a benefit to the agency and civilians by documenting police interactions with the public.

The body cameras follow a 2015 directive from the state’s attorney general’s office about camera use and policies. State grants have been made available to the state police and local municipalities to install body cameras, however, the state’s transportation trust fund has covered the expense for NJ Transit Police. Each camera costs about $400.

NJ Transit hopes the new cameras will help deescalate situations and help provide additional evidence in investigations.

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