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N.J. governor signs bills requiring officers to wear body cams

FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2020, file photo, police officers remind a woman in the doorway of a Newark, N.J., restaurant of the new curfew and dining regulations. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

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UPDATED 7:20 AM PT – Wednesday, November 25, 2020

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) recently approved legislation requiring police officers to have body cameras on them at all times. He signed two bills into law on Tuesday.

Under the new legislation, all uniformed officers will be required to keep their body cameras turned on whenever they are on a call or when initiating an investigation.

During the signing, Murphy touted the bills as important to guaranteeing transparency and public confidence in law enforcement.

“This is a great day for our state. It is a day for us to redouble our commitment to transparency and accountability in policing our communities, but it’s also a good day for ensuring that our police are equipped with tools to help them our carry out their sworn duties.”

About 12,000 officers across New Jersey already wear body cameras. However, these new bills will require all of them to do so.

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