Responding to concerns raised during NJCF forums, Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced important new directives requiring every state trooper (there are more than 1,000) to wear body worn cameras by next year. He also issued directives providing uniform statewide procedures and best practices for conducting police use-of-force investigations. These directives make New Jersey one of the first states to require all state troopers to wear body cameras.
The Attorney General’s announcement is a significant step forward in supporting our work in strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve by (1) providing important guidance and standards for conducting investigations into police use of force; (2) implementing body worn camera policies; and (3) committing significant financial support for these important initiatives. We are continuing to work with communities throughout New Jersey to closely monitor and strengthen these directives, particularly around making body worn cameras more widely available to law enforcement across the state as well as ensuring transparency by providing communities with access to footage from the cameras.