The Middle Township Police Department started a pilot program today, Thursday, Jan. 15, testing the use of body cameras in the field by patrol officers, the department announced.
The body cameras are manufactured by Taser International and two officers on each patrol shift will wear the cameras on a rotating basis.
At the end of the pilot program, which is expected to last 30 to 45 days, the Police Department will make a determination on whether to submit a capital request to Township Committee to outfit each officer with a body camera.
“We are always looking to invest in technology and provide tools to our officers to help them better do their jobs,” Chief of Police Christopher Leusner stated. “We have had cameras in our patrol cars since 2007 and the benefits have been substantial. I hope body cameras will prove to yield similar results.”
“I applaud Chief Leusner and his command staff for continuing to be proactive when it comes to the latest technological advancements in law enforcement," Mayor Tim Donohue said, as quoted in a police statement. "We are committed to providing the best tools and training to our officers, in order to keep them and our residents protected. There are pros and cons to body cameras. This pilot program will allow us to evaluate the practical application of these cameras and the pitfalls and challenges they may present."