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2/25/2016 - Hamilton Set to Purchase Police Body Cameras


Hamilton Set to Purchase Police Body Cameras

New Jersey’s 9th largest town is moving another step closer to deploying Police body-worn cameras.

Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede has submitted a request to the Township Council to purchase Police body cameras, along with complementary equipment and cloud-based storage services.  Upon Council approval, Hamilton’s Police Officers will move closer to using the cameras during duty, which will start in the first half of this year.

“Body cameras will protect both our Police officers and our residents, building even further upon the high level of cooperation that already exists between our law-abiding citizens and our Police Department,” says Mayor Yaede, who also serves as the community’s Director of Public Safety. 

As part of the plan, Hamilton hopes to begin a 5-year contract with a provider (Taser) for 120 police body cameras that will be fully replaced in the middle of the contract (at 2 ½ years), along with equipment and unlimited cloud-based storage. 

The first year cost for the entire system of cameras, equipment and cloud-based storage would be just over $194,000, while dropping to an approximately $100,000 cost in each of the next four years (total cost of $595,722 over the 5-year contract). The cloud-based storage system to be used meets the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy.  

The contract was the lowest cost option of the 3 systems, which were all under existing New Jersey State Contracts. As a result of the Police Division’s study, Chief James W. Collins has recommended the Taser body worn camera system due to several factors, including the functionality of the software.       

To help fund the plan, Hamilton will use a $60,000 Attorney General Body Worn Camera Grant the town received from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.  Additional funding will come from the Township’s Capital Budget for long-term assets. 

Hamilton was among one of the first communities across New Jersey to plan for the eventual use of body worn cameras.  As part of her 2015 budget plan, Mayor Kelly Yaede earmarked $143,000 in the Township’s Capital Budget for body worn Police cameras.

The Township Council will officially receive the request to award the project at its upcoming March 1st public meeting.