On February 22nd, 2016 the Linden Police Department began equipping its officers with new technology- portable video cameras. These body worn cameras (BWC) will be worn on the front of their uniform shirts. They will be used to record interactions with the public during their daily duties.
The cameras will be worn by officers for a variety of reasons, but most importantly, to continue to build trust with those that they serve, as well as enhance officer safety. Body cameras worn by officers have become an industry standard in police departments across the nation. The Linden Police Department will be joining the increasing number of departments throughout the county and the state using this new technology. Our officers will be using the Axon model, manufactured by Taser International.
The cameras will be used to record interactions with the public in an official capacity. These recordings will be used to document interviews of victims and witnesses during investigations, obtaining accurate accounts of what is reported to them. In criminal cases, the recordings will be considered evidence and may be used during court cases.
This technology also captures an officer’s field of view during incidents which will be used to substantiate their observations during arrests and other public interactions. Supervisors will have the ability to review recordings during audits of their personnel to ensure continued professionalism, adherence to policies, and for training purposes.