The State of New Jersey has no official protocol for the use of body cameras by law enforcement, Acting Attorney General John Hoffman this afternoon told Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-3).
“We have a group together looking at that exact issue,” said Hoffman, when the assemblyman asked New Jersey’s top cop what the state is doing to coordinate specs for body cameras.
Three jurisdictions in the state have cops outfitted with body cameras, Burzichelli’s home town of Paulsboro among them.
“To the degree that we feel it’s necessary to provide state guidance, we will,” Hoffman later told the chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-36).
Hoffman noted that the use of PD body cameras – an issue accentuated by recent instances of police officers killing unarmed people – involves untangling “incredible privacy issues.”
“It’s more important to do it right than do it fast,” he added.
Burzichelli said as soon as the professionals put together those protocols lawmakers will examine them to determine the extent of necessary accompanying legislation.