NJ Police To Wear Cameras
Effective March 1, 2015, New Jersey law requires that every new or used police vehicle be equipped with a video recording device. The equipment should provide valuable, objective evidence for both prosecutors and defendants. The equipment will be funded thru a $25 increase in DWI penalties.
The statute, NJSA 40A:14-118.1 reads as follows:
C.40A:14-118.1 Municipal police vehicles to be equipped with mobile video recording system.
- Every new or used municipal police vehicle purchased, leased, or otherwise acquired on or after the effective date of P.L.2014, c.54 (C.40A:14-118.1 et al.) which is primarily used for traffic stops shall be equipped with a mobile video recording system.
As used in this section “mobile video recording system” means a device or system installed or used in a police vehicle or worn or otherwise used by an officer that electronically records visual images depicting activities that take place during a motor vehicle stop or other law enforcement action.