New Jersey AG giving $566,000 for police body-worn cameras
Since 2015, the Attorney General’s Office has provided more than $4.5 million, including the new round of funds, to enable the New Jersey State Police and other police departments across New Jersey to buy their officers body cameras to promote transparency, mutual accountability, and trust between police and the community.
Attorney General Porrino announced the availability of grant funds on September 20 and invited applications from agencies that had not received funds in the prior round of funding in 2015.
Now, he announced the specific awards by agency. Thirty-seven agencies that applied received funds, and most received funding for all of the body cameras they requested. The $566,000 will help to fund purchases of 1,132 body cameras.
Agencies can use up to $500 in grant funds for each camera or camera package, including camera and related equipment. Police departments in 15 of New Jersey’s 21 counties received awards.
This round of grants is being provided using funds from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. JAG funds are appropriated by Congress to the U.S. Department of Justice to assist states and local units of government in carrying out programs to prevent and control crime and to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system.
In July 2015, Governor Christie and the Attorney General’s Office announced a total of $4 million in funding for body cameras using criminal forfeiture funds.
They announced $1.5 million in funding to fully equip the New Jersey State Police with body cameras for every officer conducting patrol duties. They also announced $2.5 million in grant funding that was awarded to 176 police departments for the purchase of more than 5,000 cameras. ■