In View From the Field – Camden County, New Jersey, Police Department

The Camden County, New Jersey, Police Department began its body-worn camera (BWC) program in 2015 with a pilot program. Camden County received its first Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) BWC Policy and Implementation (PIP) grant in 2016 and a second BWC grant in 2017. The agency employs around 650 employees, including 450 sworn officers, and is responsible for providing preventive and reactive policing services for the residents of Camden City, which covers 8.9 square miles and serves a population of 78,000. Camden County instituted a variety of personnel positions, mechanisms, and safeguards to ensure the success and sustainability of the BWC implementation. In addition, Camden County conducted a thorough period of testing and evaluation of its technology upon implementation to ensure that the technology met its needs and was a system that the department could feasibly maintain. This evaluation came about after the initial BWC pilot implementation revealed several reliability issues related to system and device failures, which resulted in Camden County changing vendors.

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