UPDATED 7:39 AM PT – Wednesday, November 25, 2020
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) recently approved legislation requiring police officers to have body cameras on them at all times. He signed two bills into law on Tuesday.
Under the new legislation, all uniformed officers will be required to keep their body cameras turned on whenever they are on a call or when initiating an investigation.
NEW: Today, @GovMurphy signed legislation:
?Requiring every patrol officer to wear a body camera
?Regulating the use of body worn cameras by law enforcement
— New Jersey (@NJGov) November 24, 2020
During the signing, Murphy touted the bills as important to guaranteeing transparency and public confidence in law enforcement.
“This is a great day for our state, it is a day for us to redouble our commitment to transparency and accountability in policing our communities,” stated the governor. “But it’s also a good day for ensuring that our police are equipped with tools to help them our carry out their sworn duties.”
About 12,000 officers across New Jersey already wear body cameras. However, these new bills will require all of them to do so.