HOBOKEN, NJ – The City Council approved a resolution last week that would outfit members of the Hoboken Police Department with Body Cameras over the next five years.
“I thank the City Council and City Administration for approving this vital expenditure,” said Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante. “This gives my staff the ability to move ahead today with the planning needed to have these body worn cameras on our officers by the June 1st mandatory date.”
That deadline is in reference to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order mandating a Body Worn Camera program for law enforcement personnel across New Jersey. The Order states that, “the deployment of body worn camera systems by law enforcement agencies can be a powerful tool for building community trust, both by creating a record of law enforcement professionalism in interactions with the public, and by providing evidence of officer misconduct when it does occur.
“We secured a contract with AXON, which is the leading vendor in the field of BWCs in the nation and the state,” said Ferrante. “This technology will be an asset to the community as well as the officers.”
The contract will cost the City of Hoboken a total of $739,370.20 over five years. An initial outlay of $252,122.20 covers set up and implementation, while annual service is $121,812.
The move comes after a year of increased focus on use of force in law enforcement nationwide. In June 2020, Ferrante proactively issued a statement ahead of scheduled protests in Hoboken, noting, “We have not had a civil suit against any of our officers for excessive force or racial influenced policing in at least over six years.”
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