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RED BANK: POLICE TO GET BODY CAMERAS


Red Bank police will soon begin wearing body cameras on the streets, under a grant announced Monday by Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman.

Aimed at increasing transparency in policing, the program will provide 176 towns statewide with $2.5 million to buy 5,000 cameras and ancillary equipment, Hoffman.

Red Bank is slated to get almost $9,000 under the program, enough to buy 20 cameras.The program, paid for by criminal forfeiture funds, “will put New Jersey in the forefront in the U.S in embracing this technology to promote transparency, mutual accountability, and trust between police and the community,” according to press release issued by the AG’s office.

Hoffman announced the availability of the $2.5 million pot on July 28, and invited police agencies to apply for the funds through the county prosecutors. Most of the agencies received funding for all of the body cameras they requested, Hoffman said at an event in Piscataway.


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