BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — Over the next two weeks, select members of the Burlington Township Police Department will begin wearing body cameras, a first for the organization.
Lieutenant James Sullivan is in charge of the administrative division of the department and says they will be testing the new system.READ MORE: Police Asking For Help Identifying Man Wanted In Strawberry Mansion Hit-And-Run That Killed 8-Year-Old Boy
“We have selected one officer per patrol squad and one detective from the investigations bureau who will in essence be pilot subjects,” Sullivan said, “if you will for the next few months, during which time we are going to evaluate the system and the process.”
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Before they issue body cameras to every officer in mid-September, Sullivan says even though the department has been using patrol vehicle cameras for years, these devices, will be helpful to officers and the public.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Agrees To Equip All Officers With Tasers Year After Police Killing Of Walter Wallace Jr.
“It allows us to have better transparency, better investigative options. We are very proud of our men and women,” he said. “We know what they do out there is the right thing at the right time for the right reasons. This will just be more an objective evidence of that.”