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Body Cameras and Vehicle Cameras Rolled Out

Release Date: January 29, 2020

Town of Dover 37 North Sussex Street Dover, New Jersey 07801

Press Release: 2020-001 Wednesday, January 29, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Daniel R. DeGroot, Public Safety Director 973-366-2200 ext. 4104 ddegroot@dover.nj.us

BLACKMAN ADMINISTRATION DELIVERS FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF BODY AND VEHICLE CAMERAS IN FIRST 30 DAYS OF OFFICE. FULL ROLL OUT TO BEGIN IMMEDIATELY

Mayor Carolyn Blackman and the Board of Aldermen, in conjunction with the Dover Police Department, proudly announce full implementation of the Motor Vehicle Recorder and Body Worn Camera (MVR/BWC) Program.

Blackman and her Aldermen and Alderwomen running mates first called for body cameras in the Primary of 2018, as part of her team’s Open Government Initiative Platform. Blackman called for them again in a widely publicized press release dated May 19, 2019. The Board of Aldermen is thrilled to see their campaign promise become reality in the first 30 days of their administration. The Board of Aldermen began implementing their Open Government Initiative on January 1, 2020 and the momentum continues.

Blackman stated, “Restoring trust in Dover’s Municipal Government is one of my team’s highest priorities. Delivering the MVR/BWC Program is a key component of our Comprehensive Open Government Initiative. The purpose of these cameras is to enhance community trust and to officially record interactions between the police and public. The cameras are useful tools for recording evidence, promoting professionalism, accountability, and transparency by documenting conduct of officers and their interactions with the public. I am proud of the transparency this technology will bring to our police department, as it will help ensure the safety of both our residents and our police officers.”

The town invested approximately $135,000 for equipment, supplies, and training for this program. The body camera is gray/black in color and measures approximately 3” high by 2” wide. It has a flashing green light when powered on, and a red blinking light when recording.

All uniformed officers will wear the body camera on their outermost garment above the right breast pocket. Each marked patrol vehicle is equipped with a vehicle camera inside the windshield. The body and vehicle cameras are integrated to work together on motor vehicle stops; upon activation of a patrol vehicle’s emergency lights, the cameras start audio and video recording. When officers arrive at calls for service, they will manually activate their body camera for audio and video recording. Use of the cameras will be in accordance with Directives issued by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as Dover Police Department policies.