The Holmdel Township Police Department strives to be at the forefront in all aspects of law enforcement, specifically in the areas of transparency and community outreach. The Department has demonstrated this commitment through the implementation of a Mobile Video Recorder (MVR) program, also known as vehicle dash-cams, which we implemented in the early 2000’s. Now, the Department will further enhance transparency and community outreach by implementing a Body Worn Camera (BWC) Program.
In 2016, the Chief appointed a Research & Development Committee. The committee field-tested BWC systems from four manufacturers that included five different models. That same committee created a policy, with guidance from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the NJ State Attorney General’s Office. Our Officers provided feedback to the committee throughout this process. The committee concluded its research and recommended a solution that best fits our needs.
Due to our work, we applied for and received a matching grant from the US Department of Justice in the amount of $64,000 toward the purchase of a BWC system.
Based on available data and current national trends, we expect to see positive results from investing in a BWC program. Such as increased transparency and accountability to the public, an increase in criminal convictions, decrease in complaints against Officers, enhanced Department training opportunities, and more.