Money and property seized from criminals is paying to put video cameras in all 30 Hackensack Police Department patrol cars, authorities said.
“This dispels false claims against police officers while serving the interests of the public,” Capt. Frank Aquila said.
“Transparency is always a primary interest,” Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse added. “And what better way is there to be transparent than to monitor all traffic stops with this device?
"In this day and age, where we have seen so many incidents captured on police cameras, it is best for the protection of our police officers, as well as our citizens, to have these installed,” the mayor said.
Installation already has begun and is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.
The entire $250,000 cost of the high-definition recording equipment – by L3 Mobile-Vision Inc. – will come from forfeiture funds.
“It doesn’t come from the city and it doesn’t come from taxpayers,” City Manager Ted Ehrenburg said.
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